North Korea’s state media has released photos that hint at their development of the Pukguksong-3 missile, an improved version of North Korea’s first solid fuel ballistic missile, and the next Hwasong – 14 missile, an improvement on their first successful long-range missile. Various analysts chimed in that the Hwasong-14 could threaten the US mainland: Alaska and Hawaii, Los Angeles, Chicago, perhaps even New York City or Washington DC.
The photos were taken as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un traveled to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science and toured the facility where rocket engines and warhead tips are researched. Diagrams of these new missiles were visible behind him. All nuclear powers except for North Korea and Pakistan (who do not have any ICBMs) use solid-fuel in their long-range missiles. Schilling estimated that North Korea would have functional solid-fueled ICBMs deployed by 2025 at their current rate of development.