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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

North Korea Tested Warhead Reentry in Latest Missile Launch

North Korea flight tested a new intermediate-range missile the Pentagon assesses was practice for the reentry of a nuclear warhead into the atmosphere, according to defense officials.

The missile launch was tracked from Kosong in southeastern North Korea and was identified by U.S. intelligence agencies as a KN-17, a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead up to 3,400 miles—enough to reach Alaska and Guam. The Pacific island of Guam is a key hub for the U.S. military in the Pacific.

The missile launched around 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday and attained the unusually high altitude of around 1,200 miles to test its capability of delivering a nuclear warhead through the earth's atmosphere during reentry.

"This is a key step [in nuclear missile development] and something they currently cannot do," said a defense official familiar with intelligence reports.

After reentering the atmosphere, the missile impacted in the Sea of Japan around 400 miles from its launch point.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

That launch into Russian space is an act of war, and Russia should retaliate with our blessings!

Anonymous said...

North Korea is setting up an EMP blast over the US and we do nothing to protect our power grid.

Anonymous said...

Obama did NOTHING X 8 YRS what say you snowflake.?

Anonymous said...

400 miles away. That makes it a tactical, battlefield weapon (like Pershings. That's not a strategic weapon capable of traveling around the world.