In the latest of of long list of threats by North Korea, the nation is now stating that they can easily wipe Manhattan off the map by sending a ballistic missile with a hydrogen bomb intact to the heart of the highly-populated city.
Although there are reasons to believe that the regime is exaggerating their technical and militant capabilities, the constant warnings and threats are not to be taken lightly. Kim’s anger is boiling over due to nations interfering in his own county’s ambitions.
The Washington Post relays the words of DPRK Today, a state-run outlet, reporting as to their leader’s intentions and capabilities in comparison to other nations with nuclear capabilities.
“Our hydrogen bomb is much bigger than the one developed by the Soviet Union. If this H-bomb were to be mounted on an inter-continental ballistic missile and fall on Manhattan in New York City, all the people there would be killed immediately and the city would burn down to ashes.”
The report was apparently citing the research and data collected by scientist Cho Hyong Il on the direction of Kim. It is a strange manner for the regime to communicate their latest threat, seeing as this specific state-run website has also focused on the farming of rabbits and school backpack manufacturing.
Although tensions between North Korea and other nations, including the United States, have run high continually, the latest string of threats began back in January, as the Post reminds.
“Kim in January ordered North Korea’s fourth nuclear test and claimed that it was ahydrogen bomb, not a simple atomic one. But most experts are skeptical of the claim, saying the seismic waves caused by the blast were similar to those caused by the North’s three previous tests. Then in February, Kim oversaw the launch of what North Korea said was a rocket that put a satellite into orbit but that is widely considered part of a long-range ballistic missile program.”
It’s been reported that North Korea has made up ground and advances in their nuclear capabilities and the distance which they are able to reach with their missiles. It’s predicted that the nation is now able to reach the west coast of the United States.
North Korea has made miniature nuclear warheads to fit on its ballistic missiles, says leader Kim Jong-un https://t.co/vyrcsNA9Jh
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) March 8, 2016
Although experts on the subject of weaponry and warheads were skeptical when Kim offered up a view to the world of a miniaturized warhead, mainly about it’s appearance, saying that it just doesn’t look right, Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia nonproliferation program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, indicated that it should not be dismissed as being what Kim insists it is.
“It does not look like US devices, to be sure, but it is hard to know if aspects of the model are truly implausible or simply that North Korean nuclear weapons look different than their Soviet and American cousins,” Lewis wrote in an analysis for 38 North, a website devoted to North Korea. “The size, however, is consistent with my expectations for North Korea.”
Sanctions have been called for in response to the Pyongyang regime and their increasingly hostile activity. Time reminds of these sanctions being ordered.
“North Korea, under the rule of Kim Jong-un, last week threatened nuclear strikes on the U.S. and South Korea and was hit with more sanctions after a nuclear test and rocket launch this year.”
The sanctions have been ordered at the same time annual spring drills between the U.S. and South Korean military are taking place. Kim views these drills as antagonist actions and a “rehearsal for invasion.” This has led to Kim ordering exercises to be practiced by his own military that involve “decapitation strikes” on leaders and destruction of nuclear and missile sites.
The South Korean defense ministry urged North Korea to halt its threats in a statement.
“If the North continues to make provocations despite the stern warnings made by our military, it is inevitable for us to roll out a strict response that may lead to the destruction of the Pyongyang regime.”
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