CBRN Assessment

North Korea's latest missile launch highlights risk that weapons tests or violent incidents escalate towards conflict

01 August 2017


North Korea on 28 July test-fired a second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), claiming that the test verified that the entire United States is currently within range of its missiles.

Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) stated that the Hwasong-14 missile had been the longest-range ballistic missile tested to date. If the North Korean statements are true, this test was significantly better than the 4 July Hwasong-14 launch. In response, on 30 July, two US Air Force B-1B Lancer strategic bombers conducted joint drills with Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighters and then with South Korean F-15 fighters.

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