North Korea Conducts First Successful ICBM Test
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Tue, 2017-07-04

The Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (DPRK) has reportedly tested a successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The missile, named the “Hwasong 14”, would make the DPRK the seventh country to possess an ICBM, behind the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, and India.  The successful July 4 test marks a major development in the DPRK’s weapons development as it currently tries to find ways to deploy its nuclear weapons via an ICBM. According to North Korean state media KCNA and confirmed by the United States, South Korea, and Japan, the Hwasong 14 missile launched at a maximum altitude of 2,802 kilometers and downrange of 933 kilometers with the flight reaching a duration of 39 minutes. The launch was made at a ‘lofted’ trajectory to prevent the missile from flying over neighboring countries; if the trajectory was  more efficient and directed, the approximate horizontal distance travelled could be from 6,000 to 8,000 kilometers.

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