North Korea tests missile it claims can reach ‘anywhere in the world’

North Korea tests missile it claims can reach ‘anywhere in the world’

(CNN) North Korea claims to have conducted its first successful test of a long-range missile, which can “reach anywhere in the world.”

The missile test Tuesday morning, conducted under the orders of country leader Kim Jong Un, has reached a height of 2802 kilometers (1741 miles), according to state broadcaster, Korean Central Television (KCTV) ).

It is the highest altitude ever reached by a missile from North Korea, and lead the United States to believe that Pyongyang could potentially hit the Americas.

The regime appears to have scheduled the launch for the possible political effect, give the order to shoot on the eve of the July 4 party, a few days after US President Donald Trump spoke with the leaders of Japan and China to the threat Of North Korea and ahead of the G-20 meeting this week.

The fear is that North Korea could one day develop the technology to mount a miniature nuclear warhead on a long-range missile, which analysts believe they have already achieved.

What is the demand?
Euan Graham, director of the international security program at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, said that a seemingly successful test does not necessarily mean that North Korea had claimed global capability.

“If the North Koreans say they can launch an intercontinental ballistic missile anywhere in the world to be considered from a technical perspective,” he said, using the acronym for intercontinental ballistic missile.

“A successful test does not transmit on the bar, they say more than they can offer at this time.”

The most successful test
The missile, called the Hwasong-14 on state-owned television, flew into the waters east of the Korean peninsula and may have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, which stretches 200 nautical miles off its coast, according to one Japanese defense official.

The United States Pacific Command said the missile continued for 37 minutes and described it as a “mid-range ballistic missile land.” Japan indicated that its flight time was 40 minutes.

It was launched from Panghyon in North Pyongan province and traveled more than 930 kilometers (578 miles) according to the South Korean army – More than one missile launch on May 14 that analysts have called try the most successful .

This launch reached a height of about 2,100 km (1300 miles).
The Hwasong-14 missiles of North Korea, seen in a television news report of the state of North Korea.

The Hwasong-14 missiles of North Korea, seen in a television news report of the state of North Korea.
Bruce Bennett, RAND Corporation’s principal / international defense investigator, said North Korea had tried to limit the distance and avoid an international incident.

“You can not fire a missile in North Korea, which has a range of one thousand kilometers without being in the exclusive economic zone of someone. In the end, they flew to the same one that can test the scope of the missile If they were going to shoot in A normal trajectory, will probably leave 6000 km. By definition, all that refers to more than 5 500 km is an intercontinental ballistic missile, “he said.

This is the North Korean missile test of 11 of this year and only grows the frustration Trump by the lack of advances in the fight against the programs of ballistic missiles and ballistic of Pyongyang.

Shortly after the launch, but before North Korea has announced its unprecedented height, said the United States president on Twitter.

“North Korea has launched another missile. Is this guy got anything better to do with his life?” He asked, referring to Kim.

“It is difficult to believe that South Korea and Japan to put in place much longer. Maybe China, will make a big step in North Korea and this absurd, once and for all!”

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