The North Korean Hwasong-14/KN20 intercontinental ballistic missile fired Friday by North Korea could reach Washington D.C. or New York City, according to thediplomat.com. Other sources estimated it could hit Chicago or Denver.
The website, citing sources within the U.S. government, said calculations based on the missiles’ flight time and it’s 3,700-mile apogee show it could land as far as Washington D.C. while carrying a nuclear warhead. This is a vast improvement of North Korea’s test launch in early July.
Scientist David Wright of The Union of Concerned Scientists estimated the missile could fly a range of 10,400 kilometers, and potentially 11,000 km. Ranges would be based on the size of the payload it was carrying.
Anna Fifield, the Tokyo bureau chief for the Washington Post, wrote the missile could at least hit Chicago, with New York a possibility.
The Russian Ministry of Defense’s assessment was quite different. The Russians said the launch Friday was 732 km, far below the estimates of the U.S., North Korea, South Korea, Japan and China.
Thediplomat.com is the website for The Diplomat Magazine, an international news publication covering politics and society in the Asia-Pacific region out of Tokyo.