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South Korea's intelligence agency doubts North Korea has warhead re-entry technology, says report

11 July 2017

South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) has disputed North Korea’s claim that it has successfully developed re-entry capabilities for its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) programme, South Korean lawmaker Yi Wan-young was quoted by several media outlets as saying on 11 July.

North Korea test-fired on 4 July what it claimed to be the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), saying that the test also verified the atmospheric re-entry of the warhead mounted on the missile.

However, Yi Wan-young, who is also a member of South Korean parliament's intelligence committee, was quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying that the NIS has not been able to confirm that re-entry was successful.

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