Can Japan’s Epsilon rocket be used as an ICBM?

US expert says civilian satellite launcher gives Tokyo fast way to deliver nuclear warheads – but the option is still a long shot

Japan's solid-fuel rocket, Epsilon-3, launches at the Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. Photo: Kyodo via Reuters
Japan's solid-fuel rocket, Epsilon-3, launches at the Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. Photo: Kyodo via Reuters
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