North Korea has signaled, via photos released on Thursday, that a more powerful intercontinental ballistic missile could be in progress, according to Reuters.
The photos show designed for a new rocket.
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Experts say that there is no indication the three-tier rocket design featured in the photo has been fully developed.
However, a three-stage rocket would be more powerful than the two-stage Hwasong-14 ICBM tested on two occasions in July, they said. South Korean and U.S. officials and experts have said the Hwasong-14 possibly had a range of about 10,000 km (6,200 miles) and could strike many parts of the United States, but not the East Coast.
“We should be looking at Hwasong-13 as a 12,000-km class ICBM that can strike all of the mainland United States,” said Kim Dong-yub, a military expert at Kyungnam University’s Institute for Far Eastern Studies in Seoul.A distance in excess of 11,000 km (6,800 miles) will put Washington and New York within range from anywhere in North Korea.
“It’s likely meant to show that they are working on a three-stage design with greater boost and range,” said retired Brigadier General Moon Sung-muk, an arms control expert who has represented South Korea in military talks with the North.
This rocket, experts said, could go further.