North Korea Ready to Deploy KN08 ICBM Capable of Hitting US

North Korea is getting ready to deploy its KN08 ICBM (Hwasong-13) road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile, a missile capable of hitting the United States.

The KN08 ICBM will be deployed into a new unit subordinate to the North Korean Strategic Rocket Forces.

With a range of more than 10,000 km, the KN08 ICBM could hit part of the U.S. mainland. Last week, US Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper said to a senate armed service committee that North Korea had begun test on the KN08 ICBM despite no flight tests have been conducted.

“North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs will continue to pose a serious threat to US interests and to the security environment in East Asia in 2016,” he stated. “Pyongyang is committed to developing a nuclear-armed missile capable of posing a direct threat to the United States.”

North Korea's KN08 ICBM
North Korea’s KN08 ICBM

The Pentagon announced in its North Korea Military Report that “if successfully designed and developed, the KN08 likely would be capable of reaching much of the continental United States.”

The Pentagon also added that North Korea lacks the technology for a nuclear strike against U.S. According to Sputnik News, “the report noted that the intercontinental ballistic missiles cannot be considered reliable without additional trials, stating that multiple flight tests are required to identify and correct design and manufacturing defects of the “extremely complex systems.” The pace of the development process will be slower without aid from abroad, according to Pentagon statements, and currently the northern state lacks the technology for a nuclear strike against the US.”

South Korea, the US, Russia, Japan and other countries has been highly criticizing North Korea’s effort to build a nuclear ICBM. Last month, the same countries have denounced North Korea’s underground hydrogen bomb test stating it was most likely a disguised ballistic missile test.

North Korea has violated many United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution (1718, 1894, 2087 and 2094) since 2006.



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Jonathan Wade, CD

Jonathan Wade is the director of the ‘The Sentinel Analytical Group’ and a decorated veteran of the Canadian Forces. Specialized in tactical, strategic, intelligence and geopolitics analysis, Jonathan has a fondness for technical details. His military experience brought him valuable insight on the realities of conflicts and war. A combat veteran of Afghanistan, Jonathan brings in in-theatre experience. Jonathan writes about Russia, Canada and Arctic.