Experts say the Hwasong-15, a new intercontinental ballistic missile, is more advanced and comes with a domestically made mobile launcher that will make it harder than ever to pre-emptively destroy.
Imagery released on Thursday of North Korea's latest missile test showed new rocket engines and a larger design that likely puts Kim Jong-un closer to his goal of being able to deliver a nuclear warhead to a target anywhere in the world, though without great accuracy yet, analysts said.
North Korea released dozens of photos and a video after Wednesday's launch of the new Hwasong-15 missile, which North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared had "finally realised the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force."
Since July's launch of the Hwasong-14, its first long-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), North Korea analysts have been looking for signs the isolated country has developed precise guidance systems, reliable and powerful rocket engines, and a re-entry vehicle capable of protecting a nuclear warhead as it speeds toward its target.
TRT World's Nafisa Latic reports.