North Korea testing ballistic missiles capable of reaching the USA – an annotated infographic

North Korea has conducted an engine test of an intercontinental ballistic missile and is believed to plan a test flight of the whole system, according to a US think tank.

The KN-08 missile, which is believed to have a range of more than 10,000km – enough to deliver a nuclear warhead to the USA – has been tested throughout March and April, the think tank 38 North has revealed in a report.

Commercial satellite imagery indicates movement and removal of missile stages and fuel tanks as well as changes in the flame trench that point to North Korea having conducted one or more tests in the two-week period from March 22, the report said

“As this effort progresses, the next technically logical step in the missile’s development would be a flight test of the entire system,” 38 North said in its report.

The full news story can be read on the E&T web site.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

North Korean missile plans: boom
North Korean missile plans: boom!

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