North Korea released through its state media a dreadful footage of what it says is the country’s new intercontinental ballistic missile and we think the Hwasong-15 is a big threat.
Experts say Kim Jong Un’s government, by this nuclear missile test which comes as its first since September, has earned the status of a powerful nuclear house.
The viral video and pictures which shows DPRK’s significant advancement in nuclear warfare surfaced online yesterday and is still making rounds.
N. Korea’s state media said after its release of the photo dump that their country is now ‘a gold mine for rocket experts trying to parse reality from bluster.’
Pyongyang’s weapons technology, according to a CNN interview with a researcher, was mechanized to be able to hit anywhere in the United States.
‘Their plan was to have something big to hit…On a surface level, this is definitely that long-awaited missile,’ the technology expert noted.
North Korea said its extremely large warhead has the capability to strike anywhere in U.S. mainland.
‘DPRK’s latest launch brings the world closer to extinction, not further from it,’ the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, said at a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting held soon after the missile launch.
There are speculations from experts that the size of N. Korea’s latest warhead is bigger and more advanced. The fact that it is comes with locally-made mobile launcher also means it is very hard, harder than ever, to destroy preemptively.
The missile is significantly bigger than the Hwasong-14 ICBM it tested twice in July.
‘I consider this missile a very big one,’ said Michael Duitsman, a researcher at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California.
Michael, who made the statement shortly after Kim Jong Un’s government officials released the viral footage, added that his words were not intended to boost the supreme leadership’s ego.
In Michael’s opinion, only very few countries can produce missiles of this size, and North Korea just joined the club of nuclear superpowers with this effort.
‘The importance of size cannot be ignored because a missile targeting the United States would have to carry a lot of fuel,’ the researched said, adding that DPRK’s new ICBM also appears to have a different engine arrangement and improved steering.