North Korea could hit New York with a 'hell of a missile' warns expert

Thursday 20 July 2017 15:15
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An expert has claimed that North Korea could launch a "hell of a missile" at New York.

The rogue state launched a test missile in early July which flew several hundred miles making it the country's first ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile).

The guided ballistic missile, known as the Hwasong 14 is thought to have a minimum range of 5,500 kilometres and, although designed fo nuclear capability, could carry chemical or biological weapons.

Jeffrey Lewis, professor at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and host of nuclear studies podcast Arms Control Wonk, told This American Life about the possible range of the ordnance:

People keep saying Alaska – but that’s people making themselves feel better.

It demonstrated the range to go to Alaska but that doesn’t mean that is its maximum range. We’ve been modelling it and it looks a lot better than that.

It probably can hit New York. This last one [test launch] went seven times higher than the International Space Station.

It’s a hell of a missile.

United States President Donald Trump reacted to the launch at the time on Twitter:

HT The Sun

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