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North Korea’s Hwasong 15 ICBM – A Threat to the US Mainland

Authors: S. Chandrashekar, Rajaram Nagappa and N.Ramani

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To cite: S. Chandrashekar, Rajaram Nagappa and N.Ramani. North Korea’s Hwasong 15 ICBM – A Threat to the US Mainland, ISSSP Report No. 01-2018. Bangalore: International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, January 2018, available at http://isssp.in/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/The-Hwasong-15-–-A-Threat-to-the-US-Mainland.pdf. 

With a nuclear warhead weighing between 500 to 600 Kg North Korea’s Hwasong 15 ICBM can reach a large part of the US west coast and several cities in the central part of the USA. it may not however be able to reach Chicago, New York or Washington DC. If the mass of the warhead reduces to 400 Kg both Chicago and New York come within the range of Hwasong 15. Further reductions in warhead mass to 300 Kg will bring the whole of the US mainland within range.

Demonstrated North Korean nuclear weapon and missile capabilities suggest that it can currently target significant parts of the continental USA. With some more testing, which seems imminent, these capabilities are bound to grow.

These developments are likely to have far reaching effects both in the Asia Pacific region as well as across the globe. Accepting the reality of a nuclearized Korean peninsula and moving forward to a more stable deterrence posture appears to be the logical course to pursue.

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About the Authors

S. Chandrashekar is JRD Tata Chair Professor in the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, NIAS, Bangalore. He can be reached at chandrashekar.schandra@gmail.com

Rajaram Nagappa is a Programme Head, International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, NIAS, Bangalore. He can be reached at r.nagappa@gmail.com

N. Ramani is Visiting Professor in the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, NIAS, Bangalore. He can be reached at narayan.ramani@gmail.com


 

Recent Developments In The Korean Peninsula: Issues, Concerns And Implications

ISSSP Perspective, NIAS, 19 July 2017

North Korea’s increasingly belligerent posture along with a major increase in the pace at which it is testing advanced missiles and nuclear weapons pose a new set of challenges to the countries of the Asia Pacific Region. The International Strategic and Security Studies programme (ISSSP) of the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), organised a discussion meeting to take stock of these developments and their implications for regional security. The discussion titled “Developments in the Korean Peninsula: Issues, Concerns and Implications” took place on July 19 2017.

Two brief presentations were made by Prof. S. Chandrasekhar (Visiting Professor in the ISSSP) and Ambassador (Retd) N. Ravi, (Senior Fellow at the Centre for Public Policy (CPP) at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)).  

The report was prepared by Dr. Prakash P with the inputs from Ms. Nasima Khatoon, Ms. Mirunalini Deshpande and Ms. Riffath Kazi of ISSSP, NIAS.

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