Did the Hwasong-14 really breakup upon re-entry?
Reports of an RV failure are hard to substantiate
North Korea’s second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) flight (Hwasong-14, on July 28 2017), demonstrating an even longer-range capability than the previous one on July 4, caused great joy in Pyongyang and trepidation in the West.
The first flight, which reached an altitude of “only” 2800 km, left some doubts whether the missile could hit major U.S. cities.
Just three weeks later the answer became clear: the flight time was considerably longer and the peak altitude was 3700 km, dispelling all doubts about the threat to major U.S. cities on the West Coast and perhaps as deep inland
- 01Six months since border closures, fears of COVID-19 mount in North Korea
- 02North Korea’s July Politburo meeting: what was discussed and why it matters
- 03How Moon’s diplomatic and security reshuffle may impact North Korea
- 04From Voice of America to Voice of Trump? The future of U.S. radio in North Korea
- 05Timeline: from rising inter-Korean tensions to a “suspension” of military plans
- 06North Korea in June 2020: a month in review and what’s ahead
- 07Some progress on long-stalled Pyongyang housing blocks under new campaign
- 08Sitting above rank: the rise of Ri Pyong Chol, Pak Jong Chon, and the military