Analysts: North Korea not bluffing on ICBM launch

Analysts: North Korea not bluffing on ICBM launch

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North Korea worked through 2016 on developing components for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), making the isolated nation’s claim that it is close to a test-launch plausible, weapons experts say.

Once fully developed, a North Korean ICBM could threaten the continental United States about 9,000km away.

Pyongyang’s state media regularly threatens the US with a nuclear strike, but before 2016, North Korea had been assumed to be a long way from being capable of doing so.

“The bottom line is, Pyongyang is much further along in their missile development than most people realise,” said Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the US-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California.

For full article, see Al Jazeera

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