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PHOTOS: North Korea’s Hwasong-15 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

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Kim Jong Un appears on North Korean television after the latest nuclear missile tests by his nation (Photo credit Twitter)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made several threats to attack the US mainland in the past.

But Mike Elleman, a leading missile expert, claims despite the missile’s size it still probably couldn’t send a heavy nuclear warhead as far as the US’s east coast.

In a detailed assessment for 38 North, a program of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Elleman states when North Korea demonstrated the 8,000-mile range of the Hwasong-15 and its other long-range missiles, they “likely carried very small payloads.”

Elleman estimates that the new missiles would struggle to reach the US’s west coast with an effectively sized nuclear warhead aboard.

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