North Korea has been claiming that it is capable to hit most US cities with its missiles. But all its claims were laughed at by policy makers, missile and armament analysts and intelligence officials. They claimed that North Korea had no technical knowhow or the industrial infrastructure to produce such intricate machines.
Even when on July 4, North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), many incredulous people tried to put question marks on its success. A few people said while the North Korean regime had mastered the missile launch, but they don’t have know-how about the re-entry of missiles in the earth atmosphere.
But the latest launch has removed all such doubts, if there were any. The North Korean regime launched another sophisticated missile Friday, one that could potentially hit the mainland U.S.
Reports suggest that a late-night ballistic missile launch sent an ICBM into space. It remained airborne for more than 40 minutes, flying 1,000 kilometers due east before splashing into the Sea of Japan.
The incredulous seem to have been stunned by the latest development. It seems that the US doesn’t have the right sort of intelligence about either the regime in North Korea or level of its technical knowhow.
Reports suggest that with the latest launch, North Korea has demonstrated that major US cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York are in the firing range of Korean missiles.
The recent launches and their success have US and its allies worried. But many analysts have been surprised by how quickly Kim has developed North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes, despite several rounds of United Nations Security Council sanctions that have squeezed the impoverished country’s economy. North Korea created a stir on July 4 when it test-fired its first ICBM, a Hwasong-14 missile, which experts believe could have the potential to reach Alaska.
The North Korean leader, Kim, who personally oversaw that launch on America’s Independence Day, described it as a gift to the “American bastards”. North Korea is not believed to have yet developed the technology to miniaturise a nuclear weapon to fit in a missile’s warhead.