North Korea's missiles capable but unlikely to hit Europe

On Monday 4 December, Ian Williams, an expert from the US-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), stated that the North Korea's latest missile test from 29 November demonstrated the country's ability to hit Europe. However, such a strike is highly unlikely at this point. 

The tested Hwasong-15 missile has a theoretical range of more than 13.000 kilometres, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. European leaders remain mindful regarding the North Korean threat. Europe is, however, not a significant geopolitical actor in Asia, the United States remain the most probable target with the provocative attitude of President Trump against Pyongyang increasing the threat. Germany considers the US President a bigger challenge than North Korea, according to a Koerber Foundation survey. The EU has no real political, military or economic leverage on North Korea, which explains its low interest in the region, and even though the EU supports UN sanctions on the regime, it sees Pyongyang as a threat to international peace and stability, not directly to Europe. North Korea initiating an attack on Europe or the US remains very unlikely and not in Pyongyang's interest since the US military response would easily overpower the North Korean dictatorship.

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