FILE PHOTO: Kim Jong-un, Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, meets military personnel during the test-firing of a  rocket.
FILE PHOTO: Kim Jong-un, Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, meets military personnel during the test-firing of a rocket. EPA/KCNA

N Korea's missile shows it aims for bigger things

NORTH Korea hasn't launched a missile that can reach Australia yet. But it's working on it. Now, a leading military analyst says that day's not far off.

The weekend test of a new North Korean missile is the first during the administration of Donald Trump. It was done as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met the US president at his Florida holiday resort.

The missile uses solid fuel and is an upgrade of a submarine ballistic missile.

President Donald Trump responded to news of the launch by calling North Korea a "big problem”.

Tom Karako, a senior fellow with the International Security Program, agrees with the government of South Korea that the test is a significant step forward.

"We confirm that the new type of ballistic missile launched by North Korea has a range of more than 2000km, according to our intelligence agency,” the head of South Korea's Intelligence Committee, Lee Cheol Woo, told NBC News.

It is not an intercontinental ballistic missile but is another step forward in President Kim Jong-un's push for nuclear weapons capable of threatening the United States and its allies.

South Korea has said it has a 2000km range, other analysts reportedly say it could be as far as 3000 or as little as 1200.

But it would need to be capable of 5800km to reach Darwin.

To hit the US, it needs to fly more than 5000km.

While not yet the ICBM Kim Jong-un demands, it appears capable of deploying a nuclear warhead to South Korea, Japan and the Philippines.

NEWS CORP



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