BIG ROCKET MAN! Kim poses with MASSIVE missile which could obliterate UK

Hwasong-15 missileGETTYDiminutive 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
How deadly is it Hwasong 15: Facts, range and more
North Korea missile launch PICTURED: First images of Pyongyang’s ICBM

Hwasong-15 missile rangencGraphic 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

Michael Duitsman

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.”

Kim Jong-unGETTYKim 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

read more.....

Get the latest news delivered to your inbox

Follow us on social media networks

PREV BREAKING: EU APPROVES phase 1 of Brexit - Now let’s talk trade
NEXT Recep Tayyip Erdogan helped Turks evade Iran sanctions, trader says mogaznewsen