Edited March 2023


North Korean/U.S. Designation KN-14
Missile Variants KN-08 Mod 2, KN-08 Block 2
Mobility and Role Road Mobile/Surface-to-surface Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
Designer/Producer N/A
Range 8,000-10,000
Warhead Type and Weight Conventional or Nuclear/300-700kg
MIRV and Yield N/A
Guidance System/Accuracy N/A
Stages/Propellant Unknown/liquid
IOC/Retirement Most likely retired, if entered service at all
Status/Number of Units N/A


The North Korean regime revealed the KN-14 on October 10,2015.[ii] Although initially thought to be the KN-08, it was soon realized that the KN-14 is slightly shorter, with a blunt and rounded nose cone compared to the KN-08. Some say the KN-14 is a variant of the KN-08, while others say it is an entirely different missile. Currently, the U.S. is unsure whether the KN-14 is a two or three stage ICBM, however the former is considered a higher possibility as of now. The KN-14 appears to be developed from the Soviet-era R-27/SS-N-6 missiles.[iii]  According to sources, “This seemed to be confirmed during the liquid-fueled engine test on April 9, 2016… While there is no video footage, images released of the test appear to show a pair of clustered 4D10 engines, which are used on the R-27… The images display the engines, embedded within a fuel tank fitted for an ICBM, spitting out bright orange exhaust, which is indicative of a highly efficient fuel called unsymmetrical dimethyl hydrazine (UDMH). The use of such fuel could increase KN-14’s range.”[iv]

Similar to the KN-08, it is unclear whether the KN-14 was ever operational.

Strategic implications

The development of the KN-14 further demonstrates the North Korean regime’s inherent resolve toward proliferating a fully capable ICBM. As, well the potential range of the KN-14 would place much of the U.S. mainland, as well as Hawaii and Alaska within range. In addition, the KN-14 may potentially be capable of delivering up to a 700kg payload, more than the KN-20, which has had two recent successful tests. This means that the KN-14 could carry more ordinance at the United States.  Actions such as these, along with the regimes disregard for international order places great risk for the United States.

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[iii] ibid

[iv] ibid

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