North Korea Tested Mid-Range Missile, Not ICBM

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Above photo: The long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) © KCNA / Reuters.

Moscow offers evidence to the United Nations.

Russia has provided evidence to the United Nations indicating that North Korea’s latest missile launch on July 4th tested an intermediate range rocket, despite the US’ insistence that it was an intercontinental ballistic missile.

“A Voronezh-type radar station deployed in the Irkutsk region monitored the launch of the Hwasong-14 medium-range ballistic missile (IRBM) from North Korea, which flew a distance of 510 kilometers (317 miles) in 14 minutes, reaching an altitude of 535 kilometers (332 miles), before landing in the Sea of Japan,” reads a letter from Russia’s UN mission addressed to the UN’s secretary-general and the chairman of the Security Council.

An illustration of the trajectory of the missile and the territory it covered during flight is included in an addition to the letter.


The evidence, compiled by the Russian Defense Ministry, was sent to the UN after a fierce Security Council debate over North Korea’s missile launch earlier this week, in which the UN’s assistant secretary-general backed the US assessment that the Hwasong-14 missile does, indeed, possess the technical characteristics to be called an ICBM.

“According to these parameters, the missile would have a range of roughly 6,700 kilometers [4,163 miles] if launched on a more typical trajectory, making it an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) according to a widely used definition,” the UN official said on Wednesday.

Based on North Korea’s claim and the Pentagon’s assessment that the rocket poses a new level of threat to the US and the region, the US ambassador to the UN dedicated the entire UNSC meeting to scrambling together a new set of sanctions to impose on Pyongyang. The Pentagon failed to share its own tracking data, however.

Understanding what type of missile was launched on July 4th launch is crucial to proceeding with a North Korean settlement. Unlike the US, which has not ruled out a military solution to the crisis, Russia and China have offered a peaceful resolution that would avoid placing further sanctions on the North Korean regime. Moscow has adamantly stated that new sanctions will only lead to a stalemate.

The plan proposed by Russia and China calls for Pyongyang to freeze its nuclear and missile testing, while Washington would suspend its military drills with South Korea on the Peninsula.

The plan also envisages both adversaries renouncing the use of force, while creating “peace mechanisms” on the Korean Peninsula.

  • scott

    Well we can do many things to counter North Korea.

    First we can spend $50 billion on making the missile dome bigger. We then set the missile dome to only target missiles by speed. That will allow us to only target nuclear missiles, and will allow all other small missiles past. We can do it because all their missiles all travel at speeds, and radar will know with one to engage. Now no nuclear missiles can hit any city’s.

    Second we counter north Koreas artillery rounds. We ship 250 laser weapons to Seoul for a price tag of $2 billion dollars. North Korea can only fire 2,600 rounds a min a Seoul, and 200 laser weapons will shoot down 2,700 rounds a min. Now North Korea can’t flatten Seoul now.

    3rd We use North Koreas mobile phone towers to detect any nuclear bombs in the city’s. Spy’s can put apps on their mobile phones and search for nuclear bombs by using the radiation from phone towers, before troops enter the City’s.

    4th We go in with massive air support and in groups on 10,000. We pick the best way in to counter a nuclear bomb. North Korea probably can’t fit a nuclear bomb on a missile yet, so we go in where there are very long remote roads that lead to the troops. We put stealth Jet fighters over them roads “knowing” they will use them roads to ship nuclear bombs to the invading troops. We take out the cars or trucks heading to the troops, and ether stop the nuclear bomb from going off “or” it blows up well away from the troops. The troops that invade also have a missile dome with them.

    So we stopped North Korea from hitting a city with nuclear bombs, and have cleared their city of nuclear bombs and run them now.

    Now we make a water virus that only we can give them the meds to feel better. They make virus to kill of Sarton fish, and can easily make a virus that makes most of the North Korean troops sick. It will not kill them but make them ill. Now the north Korean troops in hiding will come out for treatment, and will form a new gov and army.

  • kevinzeese

    You pick a path that will lead to war. I hope no one takes you seriously, although I could see the Pentagon doing so.

    The North Korea issue is crying out for diplomacy and the path to a successful diplomatic result are obvious to anyone who has looked at the conflict and is open to non-military solutions. The truth is there is no military solution.

    The timing for diplomacy is perfect. The new South Korean President Moon wants a sunshine police with North Korea. The US should join in this goal to reduce tensions, avoid conflict and put in place a long-term solution.

    Your approach is more escalation. It sounds like the way militarists and regime change operatives think. It would be a disaster for the region and maybe more.

  • scott

    We have tried peace for a very long time.

    Do you know nk has camps that kill people in sick ways? How about we send you there, and see if you reply the same comment.

    How do you it won’t stop a bigger disaster? They only have 5 nuclear bombs left, and can’t cause a world wide disaster. In months they will be able to make 1 nuclear bomb a week. 150 nuclear bombs in 3 years time.

    Not going to war will cause a bigger disaster in the future.