The North has no proven inter-continental ballistic missile
capability that would enable it to strike more distant US targets, and many experts say it is unlikely it can even mount a nuclear warhead on a mid-range missile.
South Korean analysts largely dismissed the claim as military bluster, saying there was no evidence the North had obtained a working inter-continental ballistic missile
(ICBM) since a failed rocket launch in April.
Hyderabad After years of hard work culminating in the successful launch of India's first inter-continental ballistic missile
, Agni-5, Dr Tessy Thomas, the country's missile woman, is now basking in the glory of national and international recognition for spearheading the project.
New, Delhi, April 19 (BNA) -India on Thursday successfully test-fired the Agni-5 Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile
, which was developed by the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation.
amp;nbsp;The north would also reportedly continue building an inter-continental ballistic missile
system capable of striking U.
Seoul believes that it is highly likely for the North to attempt to launch an inter-continental ballistic missile
with an increased range and higher explosiveness, the report said, adding many observers in Seoul think that Pyongyang will likely launch a long-range rocket late this year or early next year.
Despite its successful long-range rocket launch in December, most experts believe North Korea is years from developing a genuine inter-continental ballistic missile
that could strike the continental United States.
It focused most extensively on Iran's inventory of ballistic missiles, already the largest in the Middle East, and warned that Iran may be able to test-fly an inter-continental ballistic missile
(ICBM), capable of striking American soil, within three years' time.
Top military leaders have been sounding the alarm, saying it is only a matter of when, not if, Kim Jong-un will get the capability to range cities in the continental United States with a nuclear inter-continental ballistic missile
S mainland: Earlier in January, Kim Jong Un announced that its military is capable of test-launching an inter-continental ballistic missile
- that could reach the U.
But the US and its allies view the launch as a disguised test for an inter-continental ballistic missile
banned under UN resolutions triggered by Pyongyang's two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.
India is moving fast towards a nuclear submarine based second strike capability, as well as an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile
(ICBM) capability which will require plutonium for missile warheads.