May 18, 2017

North Korea just conducted its scariest missile test yet

By Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper

Source: Vox

Journalist(s) Alex Ward

North Korea conducted its 10th missile test on Saturday. It was a major turning point in North Korea’s missile program — and potentially its nuclear program too.

The tested projectile, the Hwasong-12, is a brand new intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) in North Korea’s arsenal — and it did better than any missile the country has ever tested. It was purposely shot at a high angle to avoid directly hitting a surrounding country, but it still traveled 489 miles and got as high as 1,312 miles, according to North Korea’s state-run news agency — and landed near Russia. If it were fired properly, it could have traveled about 2,500 miles, according to experts.

Read the full article at Vox.

  • Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper

    Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper is a Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at CNAS. She is formerly a Fellow with the CSIS Asia Program and Director of the CSIS Asia Marit...