North Korea’s newest missile may be able to reach the U.S. state of Alaska, the U.K. Daily Mail reported.
The missile, called the Hwasong-14, was successfully test-fired Tuesday. According to CNN, the missile flew only 578 miles into the Sea of Japan during its first test, and experts said it could have a range of over 4,000 miles — putting Alaska within North Korea’s reach.
“The success in the test-fire of intercontinental ballistic rocket Hwasong-14 is a manifestation of the invincible might of Juche Korea and tremendous capability of its self-reliant national defence industry that has been rapidly strengthened,” Ri Un Chon, North Korea’s vice-minister of Metallurgical Industry, said in an interview with the state-run Korea Central News Agency. “It is also a great historical victory in putting an end to the persistent nuclear war threat posed by the U.S. against the DPRK.
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“The news about the successful test-fire greatly encourages the army and people in the country who are rushing ahead like a whirlwind toward the Conference of Mallima Frontrunners,” the story continued, referencing an official party conference at the end of the year. “I am much gratified with just imagining the wretched appearance of the U.S. shocked by the test-fire.”
In a blog post for the Union of Concerned Scientists, David Wright noted that “if the reports are correct, that same missile could reach a maximum range of roughly 6,700 km (4,160 miles) on a standard trajectory.
“That range would not be enough to reach the lower 48 states or the large islands of Hawaii, but would allow it to reach all of Alaska.”
Needless to say, the launch got the attention of President Donald Trump… [CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE]