North Korea doesn’t have ICBM re-entry technology, says South
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North Korea doesn’t have ICBM re-entry technology, says South

SOUTH KOREA’S intelligence agency does not believe North Korea has secured re-entry capabilities for its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) programme, a South Korean lawmaker said on Tuesday, disputing Pyongyang’s account.

North Korea launched what was said to be a nuclear-capable ICBM last week as it presses on with its nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

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Pyongyang’s state media said last week’s test successfully verified the atmospheric re-entry of the warhead loaded on the test-launched missile, which experts say may be able to reach the U.S. state of Alaska.

However, Yi Wan-young, who is also a member of South Korean parliament’s intelligence committee, told reporters during a televised briefing that South Korea‘s National Intelligence Service has not been able to confirm that re-entry was successful.

“Considering how North Korea does not have any testing facilities (for re-entry technology), the agency believes (North Korea) has not yet secured that technology,” he said.

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Yi said the agency believed the missile launched last week was a modified version of the KN-17 intermediate range missile that was tested in May.

He also said the agency had not detected any unusual activity at North Korea‘s Punggye-ri nuclear test site. – Reuters