The Hwasong-14 is seen in an undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency. Photo: KCNA via Reuters
The Hwasong-14 is seen in an undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency. Photo: KCNA via Reuters

North Korea’s Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), when fully developed, has the potential to deliver a nuclear warhead to targets along the US West Coast, with enough accuracy to destroy a naval base in San Diego, says Korea JoongAng Daily quoting a report on the 38 North website.

US aerospace engineer John Schilling noted that the Hwasong-14 has an estimated range of 9,700 kilometers (6,027 miles) with a 500 kilogram (1,102 pound) payload in a report published Monday on the 38 North website, which is run by the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. This puts the U.S. naval base in San Diego in range.