EXPLAINER: North Korea is developing ICBMs. What are they?

SEOUL — North Korea has dramatically ramped up missile tests this year and tested intercontinental ballistic missiles or ICBMs on Thursday, November 3, as part of efforts to develop a nuclear-tipped missile that can strike the U.S. mainland.

Here are some characteristics of ICBMs, and North Korea’s ICBM arsenal.

WHAT ARE ICBMS?

ICBMs are ballistic missiles with a minimum range of about 5,500 kilometers (3,400 miles), chiefly designed for nuclear weapons delivery. Some are capable of traveling 10,000 km (6,200 miles) or farther.

Some missiles carry only one warhead, but modern ICBMs can carry multiple warheads, each able to hit a separate aim point, on independently targ…

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