Pyongyang says its missiles able to carry nuclear warheads

  • Jonáš Vlk
  • 17.5.2017 13:04

On Sunday, 14 May, North Korea conducted a new mid-/long-range ballistic missile test which, according to the DPRK, successfully confirmed the ability of the missile to carry nuclear warheads which, however, foreign experts haven't confirmed yet. 

The rocket, fired at a high angle, reached a height of 2000 kilometres and a distance of about 700 kilometres before it fell into the sea near Japan. According to Seoul, this type of rocket is likely to be able to leave and re-enter the atmosphere, a key feature of the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). However, as the US stated, the missile flight path does not correlate with that of an ICBM. But it was undoubtedly a new type of rocket, possibly the same type that DPRK introduced at a recent military parade during which Pyongyang conducted an unsuccessful missile test.

This North Korean provocation, violating UNSC’s resolutions, comes as the new South Korean president wants to push for closer cooperation with North Korea. Moon Jae-in called the missile test a clear provocation. However, he is still opened to a dialogue, but the DPRK has to change its approach first. UNSC condemned such a test and warned of expanding its sanctions. 

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