North Korea’s provocations against the United States and her allies haven’t gone unnoticed by our military. As efforts are being made to better defend ourselves against potential missile launches in the future, a new report has found that we might be testing these systems in real situations much earlier than anticipated.
The Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has issued a new assessment in which they have shaved two years off their previous forecast concerning North Korea’s ICBM tests. Technological advancements are proceeding at a rate that shocked analysts – North Korea could have the capability to attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons as of next year. The Second Cold War begins in 2018. (via Washington Post)
In a disturbing finding, recent missile tests have shown a surprising level of technical advancement previously thought unlikely for the isolated North Korean regime. Experts concluded the July 4th missile that was launched had a range that could at least reach Alaska, if not further.
“This is a big deal: It’s an ICBM, not a ‘kind of’ ICBM,” said Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. “There’s no reason to think that this is going to be the maximum range.” (via Washington Post)
Victor Cha, former director for Asian affairs under George Bush’s National Security Council, said “In the past five years, we have seen significant, and much more rapid than expected development of their ballistic-missiles capability. Their capabilities have exceeded our expectations on a consistent basis.” (via Washington Post)
The DIA concluded that a reliable ICBM with nuclear capabilities would be produced sometime in 2018. With one of the few remaining technical barriers for ICBM development- the challenge of atmospheric re-entry – poised to be overcome within the coming few weeks, the North Korean government is making startling progress.
Trump promised in a speech he made while he was in Poland that he was going to do his utmost to stop North Korea’s missile development program. “I have some pretty severe things that we are thinking about. That doesn’t mean we are going to do it. I don’t draw red lines.” (via CNN)
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Although some might wonder why military action hasn’t been taken to disable the regime, one only needs to look at a map of the area. Seoul, South Korea’s capital with over 25 million residents, is within 44 miles of North Korea’s densest artillery formations and would be a considerable loss of human life if a conflict were to escalate.
Despite this, letting the North Korean regime gain nuclear missile capability would only serve to solidify their survival in this world. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said that he is “increasingly alarmed that North Korea is acting with a greater sense of urgency than we are.” He would urge our politicians to “take forceful, swift steps to see that the U.S. and our allies are protected.” (via The Hill)
Although the government has recently tested out its ICBM response system that is to be placed in Alaska and Hawaii, those plans were made under the assumption that a nuclear missile from North Korea wouldn’t be a possibility until 2020. With this new revelation, our military forces will need to act more swiftly than ever to keep up with these developments.