North Korean Ballistic Missile Range can conceivably traverse a distance exceeding 15,000 kilometers (approximately 9,320 miles). In such a scenario, the entire expanse of U.S. territory would fall within its operational ambit.” Resolute protest against ballistic missile launch was lodged by Japan,.
In the recent missile trial conducted by North Korea on the preceding Monday, an intercontinental ballistic missile of considerable potency was utilized, as affirmed by Japan’s Ministry of Defense. According to Shingo Miyake, the parliamentary vice-minister of defense in Japan, the ballistic missile in question, falling under the category of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), boasted a potential range that encompassed the entirety of the United States.
Miyake expounded, “The ballistic missile of ICBM pedigree, launched on this occasion, if one were to compute its trajectory, factoring in the payload’s weight, could conceivably traverse a distance exceeding 15,000 kilometers (approximately 9,320 miles). In such a scenario, the entire expanse of U.S. territory would fall within its operational ambit.”
Providing further details, Miyake elucidated that the missile covered a distance of approximately 1,000 kilometers (about 620 miles) and attained a maximum altitude exceeding 6,000 kilometers (around 3,720 miles). The duration of its flight was estimated at 73 minutes, culminating around 9:37 am (0037 GMT), when it descended into the Sea of Japan, precisely 250 kilometers northwest of Okushiri island, Hokkaido—beyond the confines of Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Expressing Japan’s discontent, Miyake stated, “A resolute protest against this launch was lodged by Japan, this time employing diplomatic channels via its embassy in Beijing, accompanied by vehement condemnation.”
The intricacies surrounding this North Korean ballistic missile range demonstration underscore the ongoing diplomatic tensions in the region, raising concerns about global security.