German intelligence warns of North Korean missiles, report says

Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) Deputy Director Ole Diehl told Bundestag members during a closed-door meeting that North Korean missiles, equipped with a nuclear warhead, could certainly reach Germany and Central Europe, German Bild am Sonntag reported on 18 March. However, a North Korean strike against Germany or any other European country remains very unlikely.

The Hwasong-14 and Hwasong-15, two nuclear-capable missiles, have respectively a range of 10,000 km and 13,000 km, but specialists doubt their effective survival in the critical re-entry into the earth's atmosphere. Diehl specified the recent talks between North and South Korea were encouraging and could be a sign of détente between the two countries. Furthermore, representatives of North Korea, the US and South Korea are expected to meet this week in Finland to talk about denuclearisation and prepare the possible US-North Korean summit in May. Despite an array of sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council, North Korea has never given up its nuclear and missile programs, aimed at strike US mainland. A strike against the US is although very unlikely, as Washington’s response would be highly destructive for the North Korean regime.

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