North Korea: ‘Whole US mainland’ within reach
Experts say New York within North Korea’s missile rangeThe day following Pyongyong’s ballistic missile test, experts around the world estimate that the missile will be able to hit the entire US mainland and, for the first time, it could even reach the West Coast. However, scientists claim that the heavier the warhead is, the shorter range the missile has.
In the wake of the condemnations heard from world leaders concerning North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile test yesterday (Friday), increasing assessments indicate that the advanced missile’s range is capable of covering the entire US mainland and, for the first time, it could even reach the West Coast. China is worried about the deployment of additional missile interception systems in South Korea and urged the US to act in order to have them removed.
A combination of American, Japanese and South Korean evaluations prepared following the missile launch in Mop’yong-ni, which is located near North Korea’s northern border with China, indicate that the latest Hwasong-14 missile remained in the air for 45 minutes, reached a height of 3.7 km and reached a distance of 1,000 km. According to scientists’ estimates, in a situation where the missile is launched at a sharper angle, it will be capable of reaching major US cities, such as LA, Chicago, Washington, Boston and even New York.
South Korean military leaders approximate that in light of the great distance that the ballistic missile flew yesterday, it is more advanced than the missile that was launched earlier this month. David Wright, a missile expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists, claims that despite the initial estimates, the missile’s warhead cannot be determined at this time. According to Wright, the heavier the warhead is, the shorter range the missile has.
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