U.S. military offers latest take on Sunday’s missile launch

U.S. military offers latest take on Sunday’s missile launch


North Korea claimed on Monday that its missile
test last weekend was a huge success proving it can now hit the U.S. mainland with an ICBM. But neither South Korea or the U.S. appear
ready to accept that claim. As our Kim Jung-soo reports, U.S. military
intelligence suggests the missile launched on Sunday should not be considered an ICBM. Regarding Sunday’s test,… the U.S Pentagon
said Monday that the missile’s trajectory is not consistent with that of a fully developed
intercontinental ballistic missile,… though it does show the regime is making signficant
progress towards having one. This goes along with the South Korean defense
ministry’s own analysis just a day ago, which said test did not really prove that the missile
could that the missile could endure a flight to the U.S,… and specifically whether a
nuclear warhead on it could be detonated at the right altitude after flying thousands
of kilometers and re-entering the atmosphere. That’s a crucial part of whether North Korea’s
ICBM program has succeeded. Concerns over the regime firing an ICBM had
risen sharply back in January,… when North Korean state media said it could launch an
ICBM “any time and anywhere.” The U.S. and South Korea have not identified
exactly which type of missile was launched last Sunday, because it’s not clear whether
any technical differences call for a new name. But North Korea calls it the Hwaseong 12. Numerous U.S. media outlets, citing military
experts and officials, have identified it as a KN-17 medium range missile,… a conclusion
some South Korean media agree with. The KN-17 is considered a variant of an existing
road-mobile ballistic missile with a two-stage design… that was revealed to the public
during North Korea’s annual military parade last month. Another way to identify the so-called Hwaseong-12
is by comparing it with other missiles that have the Hwaseong designation. The Hwaseong-12 is single-stage amd liquid-fueled,
distinguishing it from the Hwaseong-10 or Mususan missile, which has three stages and
uses solid fuel. Some observers say the Hwaseong-12 is in fact
the same kind of missile that was test-fired in early April and failed. Kim Jung-soo, Arirang News.

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