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North Korea ICBM had range to hit US mainland - Japan​

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Pyongyang is developing a new type of long-range missile
By Jean Mackenzie
Seoul correspondent

North Korea has launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with sufficient range to hit the US mainland, Japan's defence minister says.
The missile landed in the sea roughly 210km (130 miles) west of Hokkaido.

South Korea's President Yoon Suk-yeol has called for stronger deterrence measures against the North.

On Thursday North Korean FM Choe Son Hui warned of a "fiercer" response to any increased US military presence.
It also launched a short range ballistic missile the same day.

That followed Sunday's meeting between Mr Yoon, US President Joe Biden and Japan's PM Fumio Kishida in Cambodia. Mr Biden later said the three allies were "more aligned than ever" on North Korea's "provocative behaviour".

North Korea has fired more than 50 missiles over the past two months, most of them short-range. These long-range launches are rarer, and pose a direct threat to the US, as the missiles are designed to carry nuclear warheads to anywhere on the US mainland.

The latest suspected ICBM was fired at 10:15 local time (02:15 GMT) from near the North Korean capital Pyongyang, military chiefs in Seoul said.

It reached an altitude of 6,100km on a lofted trajectory and travelled 1,000km (621 miles), reaching a speed of Mach 22, South Korea's military said.

A lofted trajectory means the missile flies much higher into space but across a shorter distance than it would if fired on a normal trajectory.
But Japan's defence minister Yasukazu Hamada said the missile had sufficient range to reach the US.

"Based on calculations taking the trajectory into account, the ballistic missile this time around could have had a range capability of 15,000 km, depending on the weight of its warhead, and if that's the case, it means the US mainland was within its range," he said.

"We have told (Pyongyang) that we absolutely cannot tolerate such actions," Mr Kishida told reporters in Thailand.

North Korea's pattern over the past months has been to launch missiles in response to US military activity around the Korean Peninsula.

It is developing a new type of long-range missile, the Hwasong-17, which is larger than the ICBMs it has successfully tested in the past.
Experts believe several attempts to launch the Hwasong-17 have failed, and the North has not yet been able to get it to fly its full course.

Earlier this month the North launched an ICBM but it failed mid-flight, according to the South Korean military.
In October, North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan - the first time it had done so in five years.

Despite crippling sanctions, Pyongyang conducted six nuclear tests between 2006 and 2017 and is believed to be planning a seventh.
It has also continued to advance its military capability.

 

Beny Karachun

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Why we attack our own country? Taiwan didn't declare they became a country instead of still being the republic of China. Would they dare to declare independence?
Are you going to take it by force? Because otherwise it's not yours.

They are independent regardless of any artificial declaration
 

beijingwalker

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Are you going to take it by force? Because otherwise it's not yours.

They are independent regardless of any artificial declaration
As long as Taiwan is China, it's ok with me and many sharing the same idea in the Chinese population, I don't care if Repbulic of China came back to rule over whole China, i m a nationalist not a communist, but I speak for myself not representing other Chinese in PDF.
 

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Do you have the guts to attack them?
Before you talk about the US?
It would be beneficial for both Taiwan and China to keep the status quo, why China has to change it. They want to incorporate Taiwan into China fully, so they need to win the heart of Taiwanese people, and certainly military will be the last option. And perhaps almost half of Taiwanese consider themselves Chinese. China could retake Hong Kong from Britain right after 1949 by force, but it was wise not to have done that.

But it is not the case of, says, the US against North Korea or Iran.
 

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It would be beneficial for both Taiwan and China to keep the status quo, why China has to change it. They want to incorporate Taiwan into China fully, so they need to win the heart of Taiwanese people, and certainly military will be the last option. And perhaps almost half of Taiwanese consider themselves Chinese. China could retake Hong Kong from Britain right after 1949 by force, but it was wise not to have done that.

But it is not the case of, says, the US against North Korea or Iran.
I agree, we don't like to get back a totally destroyed Taiwan, same as we didn't want to get back a crippled Hong kong

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They can Just blackmail the whole world.

Give money to Best Korea or they will publish all blueprints for free in internet t-o-r-r-e-n-t-s.

:lol:
 

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