Magazine article The New American

Are North Korean Missiles a Real Threat to the United States?

Magazine article The New American

Are North Korean Missiles a Real Threat to the United States?

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Watching the establishment media or listening to Kim Jongun threaten to turn mainland America into a ball of fire, it is not hard to believe that North Korea's tin-pot dictator might be able to strike the United States tomorrow with a nuclear ICBM and cause massive loss of life. And indeed, thanks to decades of assistance from the United Nations, U.S. taxpayers, and the mass-murdering Communist Chinese Party, there is a chance that the scenario could be plausible. However, at least for now, the evidence suggests Pyongyang lacks the ability to launch missiles that could strike American soil.

On July 4, the North Korean regime carried out a test that experts described as the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). However, much more would be required for such a missile to pose a serious threat to Americans, including a nuclear warhead small enough to be carried by a missile, as well as re-entry technology needed to make a strike successful.

According to South Korea's National Intelligence Service, known as NIS, the North Korean regime, at present, would not even be capable of hitting Hawaii--much less the continental United States. "The NIS sees North Korea as not yet capable of re-entry technology," said South Korean National Assembly member Lee Wan-young at a July 11 news conference. Without that technology, the regime would reportedly be incapable of hitting a specific target with its nuclear warheads.

However, despite that, some evidence does suggest that the North Korean regime may eventually be able to hit American targets. …

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