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N. Korea making significant advancements in ICBM technology: experts

N. Korea making significant advancements in ICBM technology: experts

We start this afternoon with the reaction
to North Korea’s missile engine test… The North Korean leadership has described
the test as a “great step forward,” but most observers say the regime has a way to go before
it masters the complete technology needed to develop a deliverable long-range missile. Despite that,… the speed at which the regime
is developing its ICBM technology has many in the United States deeply concerned. Kim Hyun-bin reports. Following North Korea’s new high-thrust rocket
engine test on Sunday,… it’s widely believed the North has mastered many core technologies,…
including rocket engine propulsion and missile separation. “North Korea appears to have tested one main
and four sub-engines that are connected to make a new rocket engine. We believe North Korea has made some progress
in terms of its engine capabilities.” 4 , . , However,… military experts believe Pyongyang
has not yet secured the most complex step: missile re-entry technology. Such technology allows an ICBM to successfully
reenter the earth’s atmosphere with no damage to the warhead. An ICBM with a range of one thousand kilometers
re-enters the atmosphere at a average speed of 24 MACH — or some 30-thousand kilometers
an hour — and the warhead has to endure temperatures of more than seven thousand degrees Celsius. While this hole in the North’s technical ability
buys the U.S. and its allies some time,… experts agree the regime will eventually acquire
the re-entry technology and have a deliverable ICBM within five years. Once the technology is mastered,… a North
Korean ICBM could target the west coast of the mainland United States. U.S. officials have said that,… as Pyongyang
gets closer to having a deliverable nuclear weapon, Washington should be ready to take
pre-emptive measures. North Korea has conducted six ICBM tests since
1998,… accumulating a high degree of knowhow and technology over the years. Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.

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