Experts: North Korea’s ICBMs Pose Preemption Challenges for US

Voice of America News reports: “North Korea’s rapidly advancing ICBM capabilities pose a growing threat to the United States and its allies, according to experts who say it will become increasingly difficult to destroy Pyongyang’s missiles prior to launch with preemptive strikes.

In the latest development, North Korea suggested Tuesday it is preparing to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile on a normal trajectory similar to what would be used in a real attack, rather than on the less threatening lofted trajectory of previous tests.

North Korea successfully launched a Hwasong-17 ICBM in November, according to its state media KCNA. The ICBM, like other ballistic missiles, was fired into space on a lofted trajectory before falling into the waters between North Korea and Japan.

Facing criticism that the ICBM’s capabilities ‘cannot be proven by a lofted-angle launch alone,’ Kim Yo Jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s influential sister, said the missile must be fired ‘at a normal angle’ to demonstrate that it could target the U.S….”

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