This photo, distributed by the North Korean government, shows a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Picture: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service / AP
NORTH Korea will be in possession of a nuclear-tipped intercontinental missile capable of hitting Australia and the United States as early as next year, according to the Pentagon.
Previous US intelligence estimates had placed such capability as being at lest three years away.
The Australian reports senior US defence officials as saying the Defence Intelligence Agency now believes Kim Jong-un will have a “reliable, nuclear-capable Intercontinental Ballistic Missile’ sometime in 2018.
The first successful test launch of a ballistic missile with the range necessary was conducted on July 4.
Elated North Korean leader Kim Jong-un celebrating the successful test-fire of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hw…