On Friday, Kim Jong-un conducted another successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch. The missile reached 2,300 miles above the Earth, which is ten times the orbital hight of the International Space Station, and is projected to be capable of reaching the United States. It traveled 620 miles and was in the air for 47 minutes.
Experts have revealed that the missile, if launched at certain locations in North Korea with flatter trajectory, can reach New York and even Colorado. This poses a major threat to the United States. However, as China has cautioned before and continues to caution, countries should not continue being contentious with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, as it likely motivates his desire to improve their missile capabilities.
South Korean officials were worried about the launch and the technology that North Korea must have to be attempting and successfully completing such launches. They believe that the time of night which they tested the missile, might be the actual time they would fire it toward the United States. Just three weeks ago, North Korea did not have the ICBM range that they possessed at this launch. Their previous launch was not able to reach the United States mainland, causing their technology capabilities to be underestimated by the US and other countries. However, the reality that this ICBM can potentially reach New York City, should raise concerns for all United States citizens.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford, stated last week regarding US response to the new North Korea capability, “As I’ve told my counterparts, both friend and foe, it is not unimaginable to have military options to respond to North Korean nuclear capability. What’s unimaginable to me is allowing a capability that would allow a nuclear weapon to land in Denver, Colorado. That’s unimaginable to me. And so my job will be to develop military options to make sure that doesn’t happen. In the intelligence communities the general assessment was, and it has been public, that Kim Jong Un views his existence as inextricably linked to nuclear weapons and China will never cooperate. So those are the two things that everybody has basically said. That’s conventional wisdom of North Korea. So where does that leave us? Leaves us what, to a military option.”
However, General Joseph Dunford went on to say, “So I think for all of us, we should give Secretary Tillerson full support in attempting to resolve this diplomatically and economically even as we recognize that it may not happen, and there may have to be a follow-up option, which is the military option.”
Not only should the United States be worried, but Japan as well as they are caught right in the cross hairs of these missile tests. The recent missile tested by North Korea landed just north of Japan, and could have easily hit the country.
To show his disappointment toward China for not aggressively pressuring North Korea to not further their missile development, President Trump tweeted today, “I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem.”
This missile could prove deadly for all countries, and could instigate or start World War III. It is reasonably undeniable that a hostile nation with the capability of flying a 1,000 pound missile into the Empire State Building is now truly worrisome. This progression by North Korea’s government could easily amount to war, and it could mean homeland war in the United States. North Korea holds the position that if they can increase their missile capabilities, and therefore their nuclear reach, they will feel less threatened by other nations. Hopefully, actions can be taken to diplomatically remove the threat North Korea poses.
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