North Korea has finally unveiled their newest missile, and it’s a big one.
On the 1st of January this year, Kim Jong-un gave his new years address where he announced to his people, and the world, that the country was developing “state of the art weapons possessed only by advanced countries”. Kim also referred to a strategic weapon that was under development as well.
As of now, it isn’t possible to tell the range of the missile, but one can argue that since the Hwasong-15 was released, which puts all of the US mainland in its crosshairs, does North Korea really need to continue adding range to its missiles?
North Korea has undoubtedly taken a new direction with their ICBM development, focusing on putting multiple nuclear warheads on a singular missile (MIRV), instead of the single nuclear warhead design they’ve stuck with for ages.
According to the New York Times, South Korea did not immediately comment on the missile, but as they have said in the past, North Korea has been working on developing a more powerful ICBM.
An American official, who spoke to the New York Times on the condition of anonymity, stated that the Trump administration continues to pursue diplomacy with North Korea, and stated that the show of force by the North indicated it was “continuing to prioritize its prohibited nuclear and ballistic missile program” and called it disappointing.
(Both images used in this post are courtesy of @nktpnd on Twitter)