North Korea is developing a new type of nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching any point in the mainland United States, according to photographs released by state media.
Reuters reported on Thursday that new photographs released by North Korean state media apparently show designs for a three-stage intercontinental ballistic missile, a powerful version of the two-stage rockets the country has already developed and tested.
According to the news service, these missiles are likely not in production or testing yet but potentially could someday reach anywhere in the continental United States.
“We should be looking at Hwasong-13 as a 12,000-km class ICBM that can strike all of the mainland United States,” Kim Dong-yub, a military expert at Seoul’s Kyungnam University told Reuters.
Tensions between North Korea and the United States have been running high since a series of successful North Korean missile tests of ICBMs that could reach parts of the western U.S.
Earlier in August, North Korea backed off of their threat to attack the U.S. island territory of Guam, but warned that leader Kim Jong-un could change his mind in the future.
“If the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean Peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the restraint of the DPRK [North Korea], the [North] will make an important decision as it already declared,” Kim said in August, according to the country’s state media.