Inside the Ring: Search Is On for North Korean Missile Debris

Kim Jong-Un signing an order document of a test-fire of the inter-continental ballistic rocket Hwasong-15

Kim Jong Un signing an order document of a test-fire of the inter-continental ballistic rocket Hwasong-15 / Getty Images


U.S. and Japanese warships sailed to the waters near northwestern Japan this week to support American intelligence agencies in a search for the debris of North Korea’s latest long-range missile test.

The searchers hope to find clues to the makeup of the Hwasong-15 intercontinental-range missile launched Wednesday that is believed to be a variant of the Hwasong-14 fired off in two flights in July.

The missile was fired around 3 a.m. Wednesday local time and flew 50 minutes and with an estimated range farther than all previous missile tests. It flew some 2,500 miles into space but only a distance of just over 600 miles from the launch site on the Korean Peninsula.

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