North Korea’s missiles have proven able to reach any point of the US mainland
Pyongyang decided to take another shot at testing their ballistic technology this Tuesday, as a new missile was launched at 3 a.m. local time, reaching an altitude of 4,500 miles and landing
600 miles away from the launch site.
This new ‘show of force’ from North Korea could have been regarded as another regularly-scheduled way to say: we can launch a missile, but is has actually taken importance after experts
revealed that the ICBM has now the capacity to reach any point within the entire U.S. mainland territory.
This could be translated into a serious threat for the U.S. and, actually, for any other country, as the missile could be deployed to attack any of North Korea’s “enemies”, including nearby
South Korea and Japan.
In response to Pyongyang’s stunt, President Trump briefly stated that he “will take care of it”. And along with those wisely picked words, the U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis cleverly
added that “It went higher, frankly, than any previous shot they’ve taken”.
Talking about reassuring, right?
A heavier response to the matter came from Sen. Lindsay Graham from the Armed Services Committee, who stated that “if we have to go to war to stop this, we will. If there’s a war with North
Korea, it will be because North Korea brought it on itself, and we’re headed to a war if things don’t change”.
Both Japan’s Prime Minister and South Korea’s military forces responded quickly to the threat, quite differently though, as the latter used a distinctive way of communicating what they thought
about the launch. They deployed their own missiles from both ground, sea, and air as a bold move to say: that’s nothing compared to what we can do.
The fact remains that North Korea is a major threat to the entire world’s stability and peacefulness. It is still unknown whether the country can attach a nuclear warhead to the missile, as
experts have said that the weight of such device would significantly undermine its reach, but this is North Korea we are talking about, nobody actually knows what they can or can’t do.