North Korea: Latest Missile Test Successful, Can Deliver "Nuclear Warheads"

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Two days after the latest provocative missile test by North Korea, in which it launched a "new type" of ballistic missile, one which experts warned had a substantially longer range than any existing rocket North Korea had fired, on Monday morning North Korea announced that it had successfully conducted a mid-to-long range missile test on Sunday supervised by leader Kim Jong Un which was aimed at verifying the capability to carry a "large scale heavy nuclear warhead."

The country's KCNA news agency further said that the Hwasong-12 missile was launched at the highest angle so as not to affect the security of neighboring countries and flew 787 kilometers reaching an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometers.

In an earlier article, we explained how and why the ballistic missile used may have been the most advanced one tested by North Korea yet.

For those who may have missed it, here it is again: "North Korea's Latest Ballistic Missile Was A "New Type" With Dramatically Longer Range"

After North Korea provoked both its neighbors and the US when on Sunday morning it fired off yet another ballistic missile from Kusong near the border with China  - one which this time did not explode upon launch  - just days after the election of a new South Korean president who ironically advocates more engagement with Pyongyang, experts said the missile appeared to be a new type of ballistic missile, and had a far greater range than any other weapon North Korea has successfully launched.

According to Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, the missile rose to a height of about 2,000 kilometers, a much steeper trajectory than usual for a North Korean missile test. She also confirmed that officials were looking into the possibility that it was a "new type of ballistic missile." Japan's cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said the missile traveled for about 30 minutes and landed 700 kilometers east of the launch site. A spokesman for South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff estimated the distance at 435 miles.

Cited by the WSJ, independent experts said the missile, if fired at a conventional angle, could have flown 2,800 miles—far enough to reach the U.S. military base in Guam.

That is a “considerably longer range than its current missiles,” said David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, in an analysis of the launch.


As the Journal adds, while North Korea’s Taepodong-2 rocket has flown farther than Sunday’s missile, North Korea classifies it as a satellite launcher that isn’t designed to deliver a warhead back to earth. It is, however, banned by United Nations sanctions because similar technology could be used to make an intercontinental ballistic missile.

North Korea’s previous most recent launch from Kusong took place in February, during a summit meeting between Mr. Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The February launch also featured a new type of missile for North Korea, one that uses a solid fuel-powered engine. The test involved an intermediate-range ballistic missile that was modified from a missile that North Korea launched from a submarine last year. It was later paraded through the streets of Pyongyang in April for a national holiday.

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logicalman's picture

Only needs to be spherical if you are using plutonium. (Fat Man)

If you've got U235 suitably enriched it's a lot simpler. (Little Boy - bsically a gun with a tapered slug fired into a ring with a tapered hole)

One atom or U splits, giving rise to 2 neutrons (and a shit load of energy) that go on to split 2 more atoms of U, each producing 2 more neutrons.....

Exponential growth takes it from there, including the energy.

It's harder to separate U235 from U238 than it is to separate Pu from U, which is what favoured Pu for weapons.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

I don't doubt the EMP factor. I don't doubt nuclear power for boiling water and making electricity.


It's the whole megaton blast thing that makes me wonder. None used in war or terrorism for 72 years? Testing switched from aboveground to underground 50 years ago? Something just smells there.

CNONC's picture

My Father was on Eniwetok Atoll for two fission bombs and one Fusion bomb.  101st Airborne.  He saw them detonate first hand.  He also died of esophogeal cancer at 56.  I served on SAC bases, and while I never saw one detonate, I don't think it was all theatre.

Tenshin Headache's picture

You apparently don't know much about the subject matter. I suggest you start with "The Fate of the Earth," by Jonathon Schell.

toocrazy2yoo's picture

Ok, so where is the vaunted THAAD? Gee, guess it was down for the day. Danger with all this is they're sending these up into orbial paths of thousands of satellites crossing to 1500 miles up and then back down again. I doubt they're doing any collision-avoidance estimations, they just throw them up there. One crash of one of these into anything already in orbit would cause an enormous debris field affecting God-knows-what. THAAD is horseshit, another profit-mongering piece of shit just like the USS Ford.

Dangerclose's picture

Anything that can go that high can be put into orbit. They just needed a different trajectory. Therefore you can disregard that range estimation. As I see it that MF missile can be put anywhere on earth!!

natronic's picture

I doubt they can deorbit a vehicle and hit San Fransisco with accuracy!!

Dangerclose's picture

Accuracy? An EMP blast 350 miles above the US will knockout a good 90% of the grid and everything electronically controlled. Accuracy not important.

Publicus's picture

But can it reach California?

HRH Feant2's picture

Keep your fingers crossed!

loveyajimbo's picture

Is it illegal to send Pig-face Kimmy the coordinates to San francisco, Detroit, baltimore, ferguson, Chicago and Los Angeles?

DeathingerStar's picture

God help us all. There's no defense against a Kim Chee nuclear fart.

Stan522's picture

Un must have the tiniest pecker in God's creation because he sure does act out to make up for a missing shaft

konadog's picture

Fatboy has neocon CIA stench all over him. Provoke Trump into doing something stupid so that Congress can impeach him. Trump's move is simple. Follow the Constitution. Ask Congress for a declaration before doing anything about NK.

xrxs's picture

Good time for record short positions in the VIX. /s

Cutter's picture

North Korea is sending the world an EMP warning. At more than 2000 kilometers this missile is 4 times higher, than the 200 to 500 kilometer distance needed to set off a large scale EMP strike.

If they can actually put a working warhead on this missile, its very ominous.

JamesBond's picture

It's the 2k in altitude that has people scratching their head.  That is significantly above the 62 mile 'in space' mark.  The quesation is, if that is true, how was it maneuvered?  I wonder if the writer didn't mean 2k meters...



Cutter's picture

I agree, it's odd. It's far above the normal apogee for an ICBM. But 2000 meters is only 2100 yard, and it flew for 30 minutes, so it can't be this.

Thus my thought that this is meant to convey that they can get a warhead to EMP altitude, and since it well exceeded the necessary height, they could use the additional range to center the EMP strike over a regional target, say Japan.

Having an EMP ability in the hands of a Kim Jong Un is unnerving. The Congressional EMP Committee estimated that an EMP strike centered over the US would kill 90 percent of the population within 6 months. In many ways EMP is more devastating than an actual nuclear strike.

miketv's picture

Ominous my butt hole, if any of this were true it would still only be for defense - the US still needs to attack them for no reason first.

robertocarlos's picture

Seven hundred kilometers is a good distance. The cruise missile I'm building in my Mom's garage needs a range of 1700 kilometers before it and I can do any good damages.

Edit: I'm short 303 km. Can you imagine Kim being short 303 km.

rejected's picture

David is pissing off Goliath again!

JustPrintMoreDuh's picture

right on schedule how covenient

Justin Case's picture

Ya I believe the MSM. Time for woar, nukes work 100%. Let's go!

Haitian Snackout's picture

Shouldn't he be holding a cat?

onmail1's picture

Cheers & Thumbs up N.Korea
for standing against west

West is only printing money
and buying(looting) all good goodies from rest
while threatening also the rest
west only exports bonds & bombs and
watches countries get destroyed
The rest was exploited by vampire west for hundreds of years
of piracy, colonialism, slavery, looting , murders & landgrabs
Its enough now

West has gone too much far
America,Canada,Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, NATO , Australia
All these are WAR CRIMINALS feasting on human blood
west creates terrorists ISIS, ISIL, Al-Shabab,Al-Queda, Al-nusra etc
and pretends to fight them & gets nobel prize

The western ppl before Christianity came were
human flesh eating cannibals practicing witchcraft
They ate entire entire race of Neanderthals 25000 yrs ago
and in return the Lord of the material world(devil) has blessed them
And their ancestor demons have possessed them now & are
driving the west into present wars
Western hunger for human blood is insatiable
We need heroes to tackle west

So again thumbs up to N.Korea & Kim
West only understands language of deterrence
so let them have it, see the effects:

1 Nuclear strike on USA : All financial system crashes, EMP destroys electronics
2 Nuclear strikes : Ppl come on streets against their own govts
3 Nuclear strikes : civil war breakout in USA
4 Nuclear strikes : Break up of USA
5 Nuclear strikes : west begs for food & aid
6 Nuclear strikes : ppl in west start leaving , become migrants
7 or more Nuclear strikes : west is waste land their ladies work as white prostitutes & men as hard labor in other countries
Look what ur own Lord Jesus says(Matt5:5): 'The meek shall inherit the earth'(after the nuclear war)

ur bible says 'A small stone(N.Korea) will strike at the clay feet of the golden statue(west) and then the statue will fall down to dust'

busdoc81's picture

Ripley had it right.  


Ripley: …I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

Hillarys Server's picture

Is not wanting to be sodomized with a bayonet really "provocative"? Is self protection really a "provocation"?

LA_Goldbug's picture

Kim, I understand your fear. It is well founded.

Keep at it or they will do you in like Saddam or Gaddafi.

TheNuclearGenie's picture

Great, now we have a lunatic regime with nuclear capable ICBMs. Mankind will soon regret the mistake of letting nuclear weapons spread into rogue countries. Henry Kissinger advocated using limited nuclear war back in 1958 to prevent dangerous regimes and nations get nuclear weapons. We can now see how intellgent his proposal was. Good luck disarming North Korea now.

The Gladiator's picture

Using the word itelligent in the same paragraph with mass murderer Henry Kissenger leads me to believe you have gotten all your news from MSM as far back as the late 60's.

miketv's picture

The only lunatic regimes are in western countries.