According to a member of the Russian delegation, who has just returned from North Korea, Pyongyang is preparing to test a missile capable of reaching the US western coast.
“In the near future, they are going to carry out, as far as we understand, yet another launch of a missile, but this time with a longer range,” Anton Morozov said, adding that the general mood in Pyongyang is “rather belligerent.”
Morozov is a member of the Russian lower house of parliament’s international affairs committee. He and two other Russian lawmakers visited Pyongyang on October 2-6.
A research group dedicated to analysing North Korea released a new report on hypothetical nuclear attack on Seoul and Tokyo.
The report was released by 38 North, based at Johns Hopkins University’s U.S.-Korea Institute. It estimates that in case of escalation, nuclear detonations over Tokyo and Seoul could result in as many as 2.1 million fatalities and 7.7 million injuries.
According to the report, North Korea may have the capability to arm ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads and has a baseline nuclear arsenal estimated at around 20 to 25 nuclear warheads with yields in the 15-25 kiloton range.
Multiple nuclear weapon detonations on both Seoul and Tokyo based on the current North Korea yield estimates could result in anywhere from 400,000 to 2 million deaths. With possible thermonuclear yields with the same number of weapons, the number of deaths could range between 1.3 and 3.8 million.
The report suggests that were North Korea to launch its entire arsenal against Tokyo (population 37.9 million) and Seoul (24.1 million), casualties in each city could reach as high as 3.8 million.