NORTH Korea’s latest missile launch could have destroyed a US territory, it has been claimed.
In a show of strength, the reclusive state launched a projectile which flew for 30 minutes and eventually landed in the Sea of Japan.
However, a US missile expert and physicist said the range of the missile had the capacity to reach the US Pacific island, Guam.
The Express reports,
Missile expert and physicist David Wright said: “A 30 minute flight-time instead requires a missile that was highly lofted.
“If the same missile was flown on a standard trajectory, it would have a maximum range of about 4,500km.”
He continued: “This range is considerably longer than the estimated range of the Musudan missile, which showed a range of about 3,000km in a test last year.
“Guam is 3,400km from North Korea. This missile could have been the new mobile missile seen in North Korea’s April 15 parade.”
The missile launch comes days after North Korean officials announced their aims to launch a “series of powerful anti-terrorist” strikes against President Donald Trump’s free world.
Pyongyang’s threats were in response to claims that US and South Korean spies had plotted to assassinate the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un.
The hermit kingdom claimed the attempted assassination of Kim was due to take place on the Day of the Sun, which commemorates the birth of North Korea’s founder, Ki Il-Sung.
A spokesman for US Pacific Command said the unit is assessing the type of missile, and admitted the flight was not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The spokesman added: “US Pacific Command is fully committed to working closely with our Republic of Korea and Japanese allies to maintain security.
The launch of yesterday’s missile test took place at a region named Kusong located northwest of the capital, Pyongyang, where the North previously test-launched its intermediate-range missile it is believed to be developing.
The North has attempted but failed to test-launch four ballistic missiles consecutively in the past two months. The nation has also conducted a variety of missile testing since the beginning of last year at an unprecedented pace.
Weapons experts and government officials believe the North has accomplished some technical progress with those tests.
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