Kim Jong-un’s latest missile launch suggests North Korea has a weapon capable of striking at the US, experts have warned. Japan and South Korea said the missile reached an altitude of 2,000 km (1,245 miles) and landed just 60 miles south of Russia. Fired from a site north of Pyongyang, its estimated range of 3,700 miles would make it capable of hitting Hawaii. South Korea’s newly elected President Moon Jae-in described the launch at dawn as “reckless provocation”.
Analysts say the test suggested a longer range than previous North Korean missiles. A US official said the missile landed in water 60 miles south of Russia’s Vladivostok region, home of the Russian Pacific Fleet. Japan defence minister Tomomi Inada said it had travelled for 30 minutes. Expert Kim Dong-yub, based in Seoul, gave a range of 3,700 miles, capable of reaching Hawaii. READ MORE