15 July 2017

News Story: N. Korea likely developing more accurate close-range ballistic missiles - report

North Korea's Hwasong-14 Ballistic Missile (File Photo)
WASHINGTON, July 13 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is likely developing close-range ballistic missiles with increased accuracy, range and lethality, a U.S. military intelligence report showed Thursday.

The report by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center disclosed recent developments in the missile programs of North Korea, Russia, Iran and China before the North test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile last week.

In the report titled "Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat," NASIC said North Korea appears to be improving its CRBMs with a maximum range of just under 300 kilometers.

"Iran and North Korea are likely progressing towards producing the Fadj-5 Aero CRBM and KN-SS-X-9, respectively," it said. "If the Iranians and North Koreans use satellite navigation systems (such as GPS) onboard their CRBMs, then the miss distance of these CRBMs could be reduced to tens of meters."

North Korea currently has two types of CRBMs, called the Toksa and KN-SS-X-9, with a maximum range of 120km and 190km, respectively, according to the report.

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