|North Korea displays what appears to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile at a parade Oct. 10 in Pyongyang for the ruling party's 75th anniversary, in a photo published by party newspaper Rodong Sinmun. (Photo by=Korea Media/Kyodo)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] North Korea may have succeeded in miniaturizing nuclear warheads but it failed to acquire multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle technology, or MIRV, a source in the country told Daily NK on condition of anonymity on Oct. 13.
MIRV allows a missile to deliver multiple warheads on different targets at the same time. If North Korea had acquired this technology, there are concerns that it could hit major American cities such as Washington, D.C., or New York City simultaneously. North Korea’s ballistic missile technology allows it to launch several nuclear warheads at the same time; however, the source told Daily NK that the country’s technology level only allows the warheads to be launched along the same trajectory.
The source told Daily NK that North Korean authorities consider the major achievement of the new ICBM to be the successful miniaturization of existing warheads so that several of them can be loaded into the missile. This failure explains why North Korea didn’t call the new ICBM the “Hwasong-16,” which signifies as an upgrade from the Hwasong-15 series. “The authorities ordered the new ICBM shown during the parade for the first time to be designated as part of the Hwasong-15 series,” he noted. The new ICBM, meanwhile, has improved range compared to the Hwasong-15, the source added.