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.)
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