North Korea claimed today to have successfully test-launched their first intercontinental ballistic missile. It traveled almost 600 miles and was in the air for 40 minutes. It reached an altitude of almost 1,500 miles. It was fired from the North Pyong’an Province and flew into waters east of the Korean Peninsula, according to a press release from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. The projectile may have landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone. This is a game changing event in the standoff between the US and North Korea. It is a direct rebuke to President Donald Trump’s earlier declaration that such a test “won’t happen!”
This is North Korea’s most successful missile test to date. A US scientist examining the height and distance said the missile could potentially be powerful enough to reach Alaska. And no one is mentioning Hawaii, which is closer. North Korea wasted no time in issuing heated rhetoric declaring their superiority… North Korea’s Academy of Defense Science said the test of an ICBM — the Hwasong-14 — marked the “final step” in creating a “confident and powerful nuclear state that can strike anywhere on Earth.” I suggest we do something and fast or there are going to be either millions of dead South Koreans and Japanese, or millions of Americans. This cannot go unanswered.
The North Koreans previously fired an intermediate-range missile into the waters off of Japan. Japan and South Korea are hesitating to call it an ICBM, but the US has already confirmed the bad news. This is a major step in developing nuclear-armed missiles that could reach anywhere in the United States. Don’t forget that the NoKos have satellites above us now that could launch a deadly EMP that could put us technologically back in the dark ages and cause millions of Americans to die within a year’s time. There is also the threat of the North Koreans using malware that could have the same effect as an EMP. There are multiple deadly threats from the Hermit Kingdom now on the table and we are doing nothing about it… nothing but talking.
This was timed to send the US a clear message on the eve of our Independence Day celebrations. And Barack Obama was just in South Korea yesterday speaking with the new leaders there, violating the Logan Act. The missile hit a designated target in the ocean about 933 kilometers away from the launch site in the North’s northwest. Russia lied and downplayed the event, as did the Chinese.
One US missile scientist, David Wright, estimated that the highly lofted missile, if the reported time and distance are correct, could have a possible maximum range of 6,700 kilometers (4,160 miles), which could put Alaska in its range, if fired at a normal trajectory. Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former commanding officer of the British Armed Forces Joint Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Regiment, said that “in capability of missile terms and delivery, it is a major step up and they seem to be making progress week-on-week.” He added, however, that “actually marrying the warhead to the missile is probably the biggest challenge, which they appear not to have progressed on.” I wouldn’t count on that… they have Iranian and possibly Russian and Chinese scientists helping them on this.
President Trump had this to say: “North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!” Twitter diplomacy? We are supposed to be handling this. And more sanctions are not going to cut it.
Last year, North Korea conducted its fourth and fifth atomic bomb tests and claimed a series of technical breakthroughs in its efforts to develop long-range nuclear missiles. The fifth nuclear test in September was the North’s most powerful atomic detonation to date. Technically, we are still at war with North Korea and it’s beginning to get mighty hot on that front. Kim Jong-Un has overseen three nuclear weapons tests and a slew of missile tests.
“The threat is much more immediate now,” National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters prior to the launch. “So it’s clear we can’t repeat the same failed approach of the past.” He added: “So the President has directed us not to do that, and to prepare a range of options — including a military option, which nobody wants to take, right?” But that is pretty much the only option left on the table now. Better put those words into action and fast before a bloodbath ensues.
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