North Korea Reportedly testing ICBM system

March 11, 2022

This is significant because it would be the first North Korean test of an ICBM since 2017.

Fmr. State Dept. official Vann Van Diepen, a nonproliferation official, on the U.S. reporting North Korea is testing advanced rocket systems.
  • ICBM – Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
  • The U.S. announced both on the record (Pentagon briefing) and in a background briefing (in which unnamed officials brief reporters) that North Korea began testing this new ICBM system in late February and early March.
  • Why This Matters: ICBMs can travel far distances (intercontinental = between continents) and also carry nuclear warheads. An ICBM launched from North Korea could be capable of hitting the United States.
  • “The ICBM for Kim Jong Un has been unfinished business,” said Robert Einhorn, another former State Department official and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington. (Read more from the WSJ below.)

North Korea Tested Components of New ICBM in February, March Launches, U.S. Officials Say

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