World Can North Korea target a U.S. city? Experts: Not yet

02:25  06 september  2017
02:25  06 september  2017 Source:   USA TODAY SPORTS

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The findings are likely to deepen concerns about an evolving North Korean military threat that appears to be advancing far more rapidly than many experts had predicted. It is not yet known whether the reclusive regime has successfully tested the smaller design, although North Korea officially last year

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South Korean exercise on Sept. 4, 2017.© South Korea Defense Ministry via AP South Korean exercise on Sept. 4, 2017.

North Korea has made speedy advances in its nuclear weapons program, but the rogue nation probably can't yet reach U.S. cities with nuclear-tipped missiles, analysts say.

North Korea conducted a test Sunday of its most powerful nuclear bomb to date, triggering a fresh wave of concern about the country and its unstable leader Kim Jong Un.

It was North Korea’s sixth nuclear test, and Pyongyang claimed it detonated a hydrogen bomb, although that has not been confirmed by other nations.

Targeting a U.S. city requires a long-range missile that can carry a hefty nuclear payload and then survive re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.

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North Korea , experts say, would seal its own destruction if it were to launch a nuclear attack on Seattle, or anywhere else in the U . S . Of targets on the West Coast, Seattle “is the most attractive,” Ellings said. “We’re the closest on the West Coast of any major American city to North Korea .

experts told CNN is theoretically capable of reaching mainland U . S . cities , including Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, and possibly even targets on the According to Goldman, North Korea has not yet developed the technology that would allow a warhead to withstand the heat it would be subjected to

“It’s too early to conclude” that North Korea can effectively target mainland U.S. cities with significant nuclear weapons, said David Albright, an analyst at the Institute for Science and International Security. “There’s a lot of uncertainty.”

There’s little debate, however, that North Korea has made rapid headway in recent years in both missile technology and weapons development and is on a path to being able to reach U.S. targets.

Kim has already threatened Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific, and remains an immediate threat to South Korea and other U.S. allies in the region, which North Korea could reach with conventional weapons and shorter-range missiles.

“I don’t think time is on our side here at all,” said Philip Coyle, an analyst at the Center for Arms Control and Non-proliferation, who remains skeptical that North Korea can currently target U.S. cities with large payloads. “Are they there now? I don’t think so, but if we keep fooling around they are going to get there.”

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North Korean officials are master propagandists who want to convince the world they have an effective threat so they will be treated as a nuclear power. “The North deliberately exaggerates their capabilities,” Albright said.

For its part, Washington doesn’t want to underestimate the threat from North Korea, highlighting the danger it poses to the United States and its allies.

The heated rhetoric on both sides sometimes masks the North's current capabilities. The recent spate of missile tests has generated alarm about North Korea's ability to reach the mainland United States.

David Wright, an analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said in a recent blog that a July test by North Korea of an intercontinental ballistic missile indicated its missiles could reach Los Angeles, Denver or Chicago.

But the bulk of the North’s missile launches have been high-trajectory tests to determine missile range. An actual missile attack would be launched on a flatter trajectory with a heavy warhead attached.

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Pyongyang sends a warning to the United States and Japan, and names six U . S . cities as targets . 15 There was strong consensus on this among the assembled experts for the KDG. August 4, 2016. 16 Andrei Lankov, “Why is North Korea so corrupt, and why that may be a good thing,” Center For

North Korea launched its second satellite on Saturday, yet the national press continues to ignore this existential threat. The three-stage missile North Korea launched last December that also orbited a “package,” which experts say could be a test to orbit a nuclear weapon that then would be de-orbited

In its most recent missile test, North Korea sent a missile flying over Japan on Aug. 29. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile traveled about 1,700 miles and reached a maximum height of 341 miles as it flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

“They could carry a hand grenade, but whether they could carry something bigger is unclear,” Coyle said.

Another technical challenge for an intercontinental ballistic missile is re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. The process generates heat that can burn up a warhead if the missile and warhead are not designed properly.

Television imagery from the missile test over Japan seemed to show the missile breaking up as it re-entered the atmosphere.

“It’s one thing to build a missile and a bomb that can be carried on it, but then you have to survive the environment in space and re-entry,” Coyle said.

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"These continued provocations only deepen North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation," Tillerson says.Tillerson noted that "North Korea's provocative missile launch represents the second time the people of Japan, a treaty ally of the United States, have been directly threatened in recent weeks.

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