North Korea has finally accomplished another dream of what the Kim dynasty and what many experts, politicians, and global leaders knew would become an inevitable reality. As of today's, launch of the Hwasong-14 North Korea claims, it does, in fact, have ICBM capabilities that could reach Alaska.
Since the beginning of 2017 alone, the DPRK has successfully launched short range, medium range, intermediate range and long range missiles. The pace of the missile launches accelerated after this year's April 15, Day of the Sun Military Parade. In recent weeks there had become so much speculation on just how accelerated North Korea's program had become. Those, who are a lot smarter than I, and are directly involved with North Korean NPT and research at The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, and the US-Korea Institute at SAIS, claimed just as recently as two weeks ago, warned this was about to happen.
Today's missile launch at approximately 9:40 a.m NKT flew close to 600 miles, for approximately 40 minutes, and reached an altitude of 2,300 - 2,500 km. or 1,500 miles high according to Japanese Military. For a comparison, the International Space Station's altitude is approximately 400 km or 248 miles. Today's launch exceeded the space station's altitude by close to eight times higher.
We are going to learn a lot more in the upcoming days about today's test but knowing that North Korea now has ICBM capabilities and now only needs the ability to attach a nuclear warhead tip is enough to try and digest for now.