North Korea launched an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile in a successful test that may put the United States within the range of Kim Jong Un’s nuclear weapons.
The ICBM flew over 2,700 miles in space, which is more than 10 times higher than the International Space Station, which is flying only 250 miles high above the earth.
According to a North Korean spokesman,
“With this system, we can load the heaviest warhead and strike anywhere in the mainland United States . . . .This missile is far more technologically advanced than July’s Hwasong-14. This signifies that our rocket development process has been completed.”
American experts are agreeing with that assessment, saying that by their calculations, a North Korean nuclear missile could reach Washington, D.C.
So reports Anna Fifield, in her newstory North Korea launches ballistic missile into Sea of Japan – The Washington Post.
She quotes President Trump, who told reporters, “We will take care of it.” And this is a “situation we will handle.”Some officials are urging military action to take out Kim Jong Un’s nuclear weapons capability. But not South Korea, whose capital of Seoul with a population of 25 million is in range of North Korea’s artillery.
United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the Security Council that the launch “brings us closer to war.” She also said, “Make no mistake.” If there is a war, “the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”
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So what do you think? Some optimists are saying that now that Kim Jong Un has successfully completed his nuclear program, there is hope that he will now turn to negotiations and other issues. How likely is that, do you think?
But how likely would a U.S. military strike be to solve the problem of a nuclear-armed Kim Jong Un without horrible consequences?
What advice do you have for the President?
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