After North Korea fired a missile on Tuesday, thus breaking its 74 day hiatus, according to Pentagon’s preliminary analysis, there’s something peculiar about today’s test. It appears that Pyongyang fired an ICBM, an inter-continental ballistic missile that is, and this baby is perfectly capable of reaching any city in the continental US.
The latest North Korean ICBM flew for 50 minutes and reached 4500 kilometers above the Earth, on a very high trajectory, before falling down almost 1000 kilometers from the launch site located off the west coast of Japan. All these specs make for today’s test to be the most powerful of the 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles Pyongyang ever tested.
Another thing to contemplate is that North Koreans tested this ICBM via a mobile launcher during the night, which demonstrates the communist regime’s capability of retaliating/striking back at any attempt of regime change by the US military or whomever. Pentagon spokesman, Col Robert Manning said:
“The missile was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea, and traveled about 1,000 km before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan’s economic exclusion zone. We are working with our inter-agency partners on a more detailed assessment of the launch,”
— Tim Franks (@BBCTimFranks) November 28, 2017
Here’s an expert opinion (MIT professor) on today’s test:
If I recall correctly, the DPRK reportedly tested a new engine a few weeks ago, so #2 makes sense. The second stage burn time on the first two HS-14 tests was crazy long, so it could benefit from a different engine. https://t.co/b0pOaezWFo
— Michael Duitsman (@DuitsyWasHere) November 28, 2017
DPRK ICBM night launch, some quick implications:
1. They want us to know they can hit eastern seaboard
2. Which means they probably got a higher thrust 2nd stage working
1. Night launch helps with readiness, survivability, penetration.
It’s real folks.
— Vipin Narang (@NarangVipin) November 28, 2017
And here’s the POTUS saying cryptically:
“As you probably have heard, and some of you have reported, a missile was launched a little while ago from North Korea. I will only tell you that we will take care of it. We have General Mattis in the room with us, and we’ve had a long discussion on it. It is a situation that we will handle.”