December 1, 2017
South Korean officials confirm Pyongyang’s new ballistic missile is capable of reaching Washington D.C.
The country’s defense ministry said the Hwasong-15 missile can travel a distance of up to 8,000 miles.
The north’s latest rocket flew a distance of 600 miles earlier this week.
Experts say the rocket is comparable to the American Titan II ballistic missile in terms of size, range, and delivery capabilities.
“In the case it were fired at a normal angle, it would be capable of flying over 13,000km. That means it can reach Washington D.C.,” said Yeo Suk-Joo, Policy Office Chief for the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Korea. “Even though North Korea has declared the completion of its nuclear and missile development, additional verification is needed on atmospheric re-entry, final-phase precision guidance technologies and warhead condition.”
South Korean intelligence says it’s still working to determine the threat posed by the rocket.