North Korea states Second ICBM test puts much of U.S. in range

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Korean Central News Company

/ Korea News Service through AP In this July 4, 2017 file image, dispersed by the North Korean federal government shows what was said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 global ballistic rocket in North Korea. North Korea fired a ballistic missile Friday night, July 28, which landed in the ocean off Japan, Japanese officials said.

Friday, July 28, 2017|6:17 p.m.

PYONGYANG, North Korea– North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday the 2nd flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated his country can hit the United States mainland, hours after the launch left analysts concluding that a large swath of the United States, consisting of Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in variety of North Korean weapons.

The Korean Central News Agency stated that Kim expressed “great satisfaction” after the Hwasong-14 missile, which the nation very first introduced on July 4, reached a maximum height of 3,725 kilometers (2,314 miles) and traveled 998 kilometers (620 miles) from the launch point prior to landing in waters near Japan.

The company priced estimate Kim as stating that the latest launch declared the reliability of the country’s ICBM system and confirmed a capability to release the rocket at “random regions and locations at random times” with the “whole” U.S. mainland now within range.

Kim said the launch late Friday sent a “severe caution” to the United States, which has been “meaninglessly blowing its trumpet” with dangers of war and more powerful sanctions, the KCNA stated.

The North Korean flight information was similar to assessments by the United States, South Korea and Japan.

David Wright, a physicist and co-director of the global security program at the Union of Concerned Researchers, stated that if reports of the rocket’s optimum altitude and flight time are appropriate, it would have a theoretical range of a minimum of 10,400 kilometers (about 6,500 miles). That implies it could have reached Los Angeles, Denver or Chicago, depending on variables such as the size and weight of the warhead that would be carried atop such a missile in a real attack.

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry denouncing the launch as a “serious threat” to local and worldwide security. But the ministry also said South Korea will continue to aim to connect to the North and called for Pyongyang to accept Seoul’s current offer for speak to decrease bitterness along their tense border and resume short-lived reunions of relatives separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

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