North Korea's Missile Capabilities

North Korea's missile arsenal currently threatens South Korea and Japan, but the Taepo Dong-2 missile in development could reach Alaska and parts of Hawaii. Experts fear that within 10-15 years a three-stage version could be developed that could deliver a 200 kilogram payload to the continental United States.

Scud B Scud C Nodong Taepo-Dong 1 Taepo-Dong 2 Taepo-Dong 2
(three-stage version)
Status Developed Developed Developed Tested In Development Possible by 2015
Range 200 miles (300km) 350 miles (550 km) 800 miles (1,300 km) 900 to 1,200 miles (1,500 to 2,000 km) 3,000 to 3,700 miles (5,000 to 6,000 km) 6,000 to 7,500 miles (10,000 to 12,000 km)
Payload 1,000 kg 1,000 kg 750 kg 770 kg 1,000 kg 200 kg
parts of South Korea South Korea and parts of Japan South Korea
and most of Japan
Japan Alaska and parts of Hawaii The continental United States

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