North Korea’s Hwasong-17 with range of 15,000 km can reach entire US mainland

North Korea’s Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) has a range of 15,000 km and can hit the entire US mainland, according to Japanese Defence Minister Yasukazu Hamada.

Following the latest North Korea’s ICBM test on Saturday Hamada told reporters the missile flew between 6,000 and 6,100km at a maximum altitude of 1,000 km before landing west of the Japanese island of Hokkaido. However, the high altitude suggests the Hwasong-17 was launched on a high angle and depending on the weight of the warhead the missile has a range exceeding 15,000km. This means that it can hit the entire mainland United States.

North Korea's Hwasong-17 missile with range of 15,000 km can hit entire US mainland
Results from the latest North Korean test on Hwasong-17 ICBM

This was North Korea’s eighth ICBM test this year. According to North Korean media, the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, watched the ballistic missile launch with his wife Lee Sol-joo and his “beloved daughter”.

“The launch of the Hwasong-17 missile with the largest range of North Korea’s missile arsenal and capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, is proof that Pyongyang has a reliable weapon to deter threats led by the United States”, Kim Jong Un said.

The Hwasong-17 is nuclear-armed North Korea’s biggest missile yet, and is the largest road-mobile, liquid-fuelled intercontinental ballistic missile in the world.

The missile’s diameter is 2.5 meters, and when fully fuelled, weighs between 80,000 and 110,000 kilograms, according to US officials who monitor North Korea’s activities. The missile is believed to be between 24 and 26 meters tall.

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