May 13, 2019 10:59
The missiles North Korea launched on May 4 and 9 probably pose a direct threat to South Korea, U.S. experts said.
According to Voice of America on Saturday, Jonathan McDowell at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics speculated that they have a range somewhere between 400 and 500 km.
He claimed the test launches targeted South Korea. "It is positioned as a defensive retaliatory capability" against the combined forces of South Korea and the U.S.
All South Korea except Jeju Island falls within range.
The missiles may be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The warhead is an estimated 95 cm in diameter, similar to a Russian Iskander-class missile, according to Jeffrey Lewis at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
He said that the warhead of the KN-08 surface-to-surface intercontinental ballistic missile mockup North Korea displayed in March 2016 "was about 60 cm in diameter and probably weighed a few kilograms." "I would regard that as a credible design and that would definitely fit on this," he added.
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