N. Korea inches closer to being able to send a nuclear-tipped missile to the U.S.

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September 2016NORTH KOREANorth Korea has taken a key step toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the mainland United States, analysts said Friday after Kim Jong Un ordered yet another nuclear test. The test, which Pyongyang said was a “nuclear warhead explosion,” appeared to be North Korea’s biggest yet. “It’s a clear indication of progress towards developing a miniaturized nuclear warhead for North Korea’s ballistic missiles,” said Alison Evans, a North Korea analyst at IHS Markit, a consultancy. “We estimate that North Korea has an inventory of 15 or 20 nuclear weapons and that they could be put on a truck or a short-range missile. But what North Korea is aiming for is to put them on an intercontinental ballistic missile,” she said.
North Korea was officially founded 68 years ago Friday — the day of the nuclear test — with opposition to the United States as its raison d’etre. Its propaganda lauds the protection the Kim family has provided from the “hostile” Americans. But the reclusive country has dramatically accelerated its nuclear and missile programs since Kim Jong Un became North Korea’s third-generation leader almost five years ago, conducting three of its five nuclear tests in that time.
Since early 2014, Pyongyang has also noticeably stepped up its missile testing, launching a variety of vehicles, including some long-range missiles. Last month, it successfully launched a ballistic missile from a submarine. On Monday, North Korea launched three extended-range Scud missiles in quick succession, apparently to try to outsmart U.S. and Japanese missile-defense systems in the region. Then, on Friday, it said it had “standardized” nuclear warheads so that it could produce “a variety of smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear warheads of higher strike power.”  The test showed that North Korea is “ready to retaliate against the enemies” and has “practical countermeasures to the racket of threat and sanctions” against Pyongyang, the official Korean Central News Agency said.  –Washington Post

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One Response to N. Korea inches closer to being able to send a nuclear-tipped missile to the U.S.

  1. Dennis E. says:

    They’ve been testing sub launched cruise missiles also.

    This is just as much as threat as if ISIS has possession of a weapon, or if Iran and it is rumored that it does, with assistance from North Korea. Just need the delivery capability.

    Very dangerous, far more than you realize. They have are somebodies pawn because they would not act as they do if they didn’t have big money or big guns backing them up.

    This is going to get bad.

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