Monday’s launch followed two successful tests of medium-to-long-range missiles in as many weeks by the North, which has been conducting such tests at an unprecedented pace in an effort to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the mainland United States.
North Korea has finally tested (successfully) a new missile — and boy it is a doozy. After the April 15 parade, we called this missile the KN-08 Mod Odd and the KN-08 +/-. But North Korea calls it the Hwasong-12 and it contains a surprise: the brand-new “indigenous” engine that North Korea debuted in March.
Launch of a ballistic missile Hwasong-12, which took place yesterday in the DPRK. The missile is capable not only of hitting U.S. bases and other targets in South Korea and Japan, but with a margin to fly to US base on GUAM.