GETTYDiminutive leader Kim Jong-un is dwarfed by the massive Hwasong-15 missile
Experts fear the massive Hwasong-15 - an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched by Kim earlier this week - has a range of 8,000 miles.
The terrifying weapon of mass destruction would take 32 minutes and 20 seconds to reach London, which is 5,378 miles from North Korean capital Pyongyang.
America is a more likely target and New York and Washington are well within the missile’s deadly range.
Experts say the photos reveal a series of technological advances by the belligerent hermit state and fear Kim could boast a fully functioning nuclear arsenal within a year.Related articles
ncGraphic showing the range of North Korea's Hwasong-15 missile
Only a few countries can produce missiles of this size, and North Korea just joined the club
Based on the pics, analysts have determined that the Hwasong-15 - an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched earlier this week - is taller, wider, capable of carrying a much bigger warhead and can be fired from its own launch pad.
It is a major improvement on the Hwasong-14 missile, which was first launched in July and reached an altitude of 2,313 miles while showing a potential range of 6,213.
David Schmerler, a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, said: “They wanted to hit all of the US and they wanted something big to hit it with.
“This seems on the surface level to be that missile.”
GETTYKim Jong-un has a front-row seat for this week's missile launch
The missile's size was immediately apparent in the photos, which analysts said could provide for a more powerful propulsion system.
Michael Duitsman, a research associate at the Centre for Nonproliferation Studies, said: “This is a very big missile.
“And I don't mean ‘Big for