Military analysts have been expressing deep concern about North Korea’s push to acquire a long range, nuclear capable missile — despite promises from the Trump administration that such a development wouldn’t be tolerated.
Jeffrey Lewis, an “expert” on North Korea’s missile programs, believes North Korea is much closer to acquiring nuclear capable missiles than anyone thought, the U.K. Sun reported.
“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,” Lewis explained.
In short, Lewis believes North Korea has already successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead and are now working toward making sure said warhead could survive launching into space and returning to Earth.
In recent weeks North Korea has conducted a large number of missile tests, several of them successful, and there continues to be speculation that a nuclear test could be occurring in the near future.
Some analysts have more-or-less stated that North Korea is still a long way from being able to successfully launch a nuclear-tipped missile.
“Similar doubts were expressed about China’s nuclear warheads in the 1960s, prompting China’s leaders to arm a missile with a live nuclear weapon and launch it across the country to dispel any lingering doubts. Fortunately, North Korea has not chosen to take such a step,” Lewis stated.
Reuters reported that Secretary of Defense James Mattis said North Korea is the “most urgent” threat to the United States, given their desire to acquire a nuclear capable missile.
Last week, North Korea threatened to nuke New York City in response to statements Trump made on Twitter about North Korea’s nuclear program, Newsweek reported.
All we can do is hope the Trump administration takes whatever steps necessary to prevent North Korea from ever successfully launching a nuclear weapon.
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