CBRN Assessment

North Korea claims test-launch of new ICBM shows all of US is within range

29 November 2017

North Korea said on 29 November that it successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of striking anywhere in the United States, adding that the development of the weapon system marks the completion of its nuclear-capable missile force.

The land-based ICBM, which was launched on a high trajectory from the vicinity of Pyongsong in South Pyongan Province at around 2:48 h local time, flew for about 53 minutes before falling into waters within Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the Sea of Japan (also known as the East Sea), according to US, Japanese, and South Korean authorities.

Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) stated that the tested weapon was a new missile called the Hwaseong-15, which reached an altitude of 4,475 km and flew a linear distance of 950 km before coming down, making it potentially the longest-range ballistic missile tested by Pyongyang to date.

Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options at

(171 of 1994 words)