If North Korea succeeds in its recent tests, then the country will be capable of using its nuclear missiles to attack the United States of America.
According to American specialist Jeffrey Lewis, North Korea is just one obstacle away from developing and launching a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead. The missile, which is still under development, will be capable of hitting the mainland America.
Lewis noted that as soon as Kim Jong-un’s scientists and military researchers figure out how to attach a nuclear warhead that can withstand the heat of being launched from Pyongyang to Washington, D.C., their mission of nuking the U.S. will be complete.
Lewis told the Sun that North Korea “almost certainly” has a warhead capable of fitting onto the missile. All they are currently trying to do is make some necessary tweaks in their design that will sustain the amount of heat it will release once it is fired.
“The major question now is not whether the warhead is small enough to mount on an ICBM but whether it is rugged enough to survive the shock, vibration and extreme temperatures that a nuclear warhead would experience on an intercontinental trajectory, in which it would be shot into space and then re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere,” he said.
The statement from Jeffrey Lewis comes after North Korea stated it is “not a long way off at all” from developing their own nuclear weapon that could target the U.S.
A statement from Pyongyang’s state-run media openly called out President Donald Trump’s tweet from last December in which he suggested that DPRK’s nuclear weapon will never reach the U.S. mainland.
“The strategic weapons tests conducted by the DPRK clearly proved that the time of its ICBM test is not a long way off at all. The DPRK is about 10,400 km far away from New York. But this is just not a long distance for its strike today.”
North Korea’s Recent Missile Tests
On April 4, North Korea launched a medium-range ballistic missile that reached the Sea of Japan. The weapon’s test came after a day of celebration for North Korea. According to the United States Military and the South Korean Armed Forces, in the same month, a KN-15 medium-range ballistic missile was fired and failed almost immediately. In the early hours of April 29, another missile was hurled from Bukchang in the South Pyeongan province, and just like KN-15, it failed shortly after liftoff.
In May, Kim carried out another ballistic missile test. The missile flew for 30 minutes, covering a distance of 700 kilometers, and according to BBC News, it reached an altitude upwards of 2,000 kilometers.
On June 8, the hermit state fired four consecutive anti-ship missiles off its east coast, near the port city of Wonsan.
North Korea’s Nuclear Missiles And Possession Of Hydrogen Bomb
As earlier reported by the Inquisitr, under Kim Jong-un’s regime, North Korea has successfully launched its short-range ballistic missiles. For the past couple of years, the isolated nation has been trying to build weapons of mass destruction.
The recent images of Punggye-Ri appear to show that the rogue state is ready to launch a nuclear test. U.S.-based analysts 38 North say that the acquired images show “continued activity around the North Portal, new activity in the Main Administrative Area, and a few personnel around the site’s Command Centre.”
The Institute for Science and International Security said in a released statement that since the end of 2014, Kim has added an estimated four to six nuclear weapons to his arsenal. Earlier this year, the dictator’s state-run newspaper claimed that they have the most powerful hydrogen bomb in their arsenal and would strike at any time. State-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun claimed that their country possesses the weaponry to strike at the heart of the America and its East Asian allies.
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