Kim Jong-un revealed his new “super missile” in pictures taken from his chemical research lab – with diagrams of the proposed rocket visible in the background.
Missile experts have said they would expect the weapon to have range to hit anywhere on the US mainland – including Washington DC and New York.
North Korea has previously threatened to nuke the White House if provoked – saying it would be “reduced to ashes”.
And now Kim appears capable of carrying out the evil boast.
US President Donald Trump has said he is “locked and loaded” to take on the hermit state – taking the world to the brink of an apocalyptic nuclear war.
Taking pictures in the DMZ is easy, but if you come too close to the soldiers, they stop you
“We should be looking at Hwasong-13 as a 12,000-km class ICBM that can strike all of the mainland United States”
North Korea’s state media published photographs yesterday of Kim standing next to a diagram of a three-stage rocket it called the Hwasong-13.
Experts said this missile would be expected to be of a 12,000km range – capable of hitting cities such as New York and Washington.
However, they added it is impossible to say how far along the missile is in the development process.
Kim’s missile programme has been gaining momentum as he unveiled the rogue state’s first ever ICBM back in July.
He has already carried out more missile tests this year alone than his dad Kim Jong Il’s entire 17-years in power.
Kim Dong-yub, a military expert at Kyungnam University’s Institute for Far Eastern Studies in Seoul, said: “We should be looking at Hwasong-13 as a 12,000km class ICBM that can strike all of the mainland United States.”
North Korea has explicitly identified potential targets in the US as Kim posed with a map showing a “strike plan”.
Missile targets on the map showed potential strikes on Honolulu, Washington, Austin and San Diego.
Many soldiers are used as a labor force to compensate for the ineffective North Korean economy, so the army is not only about military organization.
“It’s likely meant to show that they are working on a three-stage design with greater boost and range,” said retired Brigadier General Moon Sung-muk, who has represented Seoul in military talks with Pyongyang.
“They tested the Hwasong-14 which has an estimated range of 9,000km, 10,000km. This one can go further, is the message,” he said.
Propaganda videos released by North Korea showed them blowing up the White House.
An army officer in frony of Mount Paektu on the Northern Chinese border. This is a sacred place for Koreans, and it is said that General Kim Jong Il was born at the base of the mountain
North Korea’s missile unveiling came as the US and South Korea hold massive drills in the Korean Peninsula.
Russia flew bombers near North Korea earlier this week, being intercepted by fighter jets from Japan and South Korea.
Kim believes securing nuclear weapons will allow him to ensure his rule over North Korea.