An­a­lysts doubt North Korea’s ICBM re-en­try ca­pa­bil­ity

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD - POL­I­TICS

SEOUL, Korea, Repub­lic Of — North Korea after decades of ef­fort has a mis­sile po­ten­tially ca­pa­ble of reach­ing the con­ti­nen­tal United States, but an­a­lysts say Py­ongyang has yet to show the ICBM can in­flict se­ri­ous dam­age once it gets there.

U.S. and South Korean ex­perts on Tues­day said Ja­panese video footage cap­tur­ing the Hwa­song-14’s re-en­try ve­hi­cle shortly be­fore it crashed into the sea sug­gests it failed to sur­vive the ex­treme heat and pres­sure after re-en­ter­ing the Earth’s at­mos­phere fol­low­ing its launch from north­ern North Korea on Fri­day. An­a­lysts say the North will likely con­duct more flight tests of the Hwa­song-14 mis­sile to ob­tain a suc­cess­ful re-en­try ve­hi­cle, which is needed to re­turn a war­head to the at­mos­phere from space so it can hit its in­tended tar­get.

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