North’s ICBMs may have re-entry ability, says report

November 18, 2020

Korea JoongAng Daily:

 

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has assessed that North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) re-entry vehicles are likely to “perform adequately” if flown on a normal trajectory to mainland United States, according to an American think tank report on Tuesday.

Concurrently, the U.S. Navy intercepted and destroyed an ICBM target using a ship-launched missile over the Pacific Ocean, northeast of Hawaii, announced the Missile Defense Agency on Tuesday — part of the Pentagon’s move to build and test a layered missile defense system for the U.S. mainland.

The 2021 Index of U.S. Military Strength, an annual report released by the Washington-based Heritage Foundation, concludes: “North Korea has developed a spectrum of missile systems that threaten the continental United States as well as U.S. forces and allies in Asia with nuclear weapons.”

It continues: “Although North Korea has not yet conducted an ICBM flight test that successfully demonstrated a reentry vehicle capability, the CIA has assessed that Pyongyang’s ICBM reentry vehicles would likely perform adequately if flown on a normal trajectory to continental U.S. targets.”

North Korea acquiring such re-entry technology means that it has finalized an ICBM able to deliver a nuclear attack on the United States…

 

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