01 August 2017

News Story: Assembly defense committee chief views N.K. as having secured key ICBM tech

North Korea's Hwasong-14 Ballistic Missile
SEOUL, July 31 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's parliamentary defense committee chief said Monday that North Korea should be seen as having secured atmospheric reentry technology, a key element to complete its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program.

During a radio interview, Kim Young-woo also pointed out that if Pyongyang launched what it claims to have been an ICBM on a standard trajectory, it could put the United States' eastern cities such as New York and Washington D.C. within striking range.

His remarks came after the North fired off another long-range missile on Friday night, which analysts say could have a range of 10,000 kilometers and bring about a major change in the security landscape in Northeast Asia.

"If you look at the flash of light (emanating from the missile), which was filmed over Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan, it looked very clear rather than being scattered," said the lawmaker of the conservative opposition Bareun Party.

Kim apparently meant that the shape of the light indicated that the missile's warhead withstood the extremely high temperatures caused when it reentered the Earth's atmosphere to hit its intended target.

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