North Korea says that it had successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15, that put “all of the US continent” within its range

The North’s leader Kim Jong-Un declared the test-launch of the Hwasong-15 missile a success, according to an announcement on state television.

North Korea said it would make an “important announcement” on Wednesday, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, after Pyongyang staged its first missile launch in more than two months.

The nuclear-armed North test-fired Wednesday morning a missile that could bring the entire continental United States within range, according to the South Korean and US governments.

An initial Pentagon assessment said the missile flew about 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) before landing within Japan’s maritime Economic Exclusive Zone.

The missile test — the first of any kind by the North since September 15 — drew swift condemnations from Seoul, Tokyo and Washington.

It also squashed speculation that the North’s leader Kim Jong-Un may have held back in a bid to open the door to a negotiated solution to the nuclear standoff with US President Donald Trump.

  • Shebel

    I guess that is maybe why ALL those USA warships are over there.
    You fat little silly Fuck.

  • Manual Paleologos

    US actions over the past couple of decades, by both parties, has pretty much guaranteed nuclear proliferation. When Ukraine seceded from the USSR, it acquired a formidable arsenal of formerly soviet nukes. We prevailed on them to return those weapons to the USSR, based on our promises to protect Ukraine. We have imperfectly honored that pledge, and look at the situation there, now.

    As a result of Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom, Gaddafi abandoned his nuclear program, and turned all his nuclear materials, down to the notebooks, over to the US. This was done with the tacit agreement that we would not overthrow him. We broke that agreement, and Gaddafi is now dead.

    Now, Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and NORK has them. Any country that can acquire nuclear weapons would be foolish not to do so.

    The calculus of small countries having nukes is that it makes them relatively immune to attack. They can inflict unacceptable damage to their attacker. We are unlikely to attack NORK, if it is at the cost of a US city. South Korea is not worth the price.

    The other side of the equation, however, is that actually using those nukes almost guarantees a nation’s nuclear obliteration. If the NORKs fire a nuke at us, we will turn them into the proverbial glass parking lot. Over the coming decades, I think we will be seeing a growing number of these nuclear stand-offs. India vs Pakistan, and India vs China are examples of this. The problem with this is that it requires rational actors. During the Cold War, the USSR and the USA were rational actors. Despite is bizarre behavior, Kim is probably rations. But Iran is a question mark. A significant fraction of the power base believes that allah will prevent them from being destroyed. That is pretty frightening.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The US, RoK and Japan have nothing in terms of a war-footing now. No logistics, no evacuations, no alerts. The likelihood of anything breaking out from our side is very low. A gambler might throw a missile or two into Japan and sit back thinking that the Japanese would not attack civilian command and control centers, only military bases that the DPRK doesn’t have much use for.

  • Barrington Minge

    With the world like a balloon, it only takes one little prick……