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U.S. government sources have reportedly confirmed that China last month tested a new submarine nuclear missile that could reach North America.
According to the report, first published by Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday, the JL-3, or Julong-3, is designed to be fired from the Type 096 nuclear ballistic missile submarine, which can carry up to 24 missiles.
Type - Construction - Report
The Type 096 is under construction and would be ready in 2020, the report said.
Washington Free Beacon claimed that the deadly missile, whose name is said to be 'giant wave' in Chinese, was being built near Dalian on China's eastern coast and the flight test was likely to take place on November 22.
Report - Military - JL-3 - Range - Miles
The report also quoted a Chinese military who said the JL-3 would have a full operational range of between 7,456 miles and 8,700 miles, which is enough to destroy targets in most part of the United States from Chinese coasts.
The allegedly test of the missile has also been reported by The Diplomat.
Magazine - Yesterday - Beijing - JL-3 - Missile
The current-affairs magazine reported yesterday that Beijing conducted the flight-test of the JL-3 ballistic missile in the Bohai Sea. However, it claimed that the test took place on November 24, citing U.S. intelligence agencies.
The report also said JL-3 did not fly to its full range during the test, but its full range was likely to be farther than 9,000 kilometres (5,592 miles).
China - Development - JL-3 - Nearly - Information
China has never openly confirmed the development of JL-3. Nearly all of the information of the missile on the Chinese internet is cited from U.S. media reports.
Shanghai Observer, a Chinese news site affiliated to the state-run Jiefang Daily, today blasted the report by Washington Free Beacon, saying it was fake.
Julong - Wave - Chinese - Outlet - Report
To start with, Julong does not translate to 'giant wave' in Chinese, said the Chinese outlet, indicating that the report could not be true because the...
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