Latest North Korean ICBM Can Reach Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago

Tyler Durden's picture

Update: Following North Korea's earlier launch of yet another ICBM, President Trump has just released the following statement describing the latest provacation as "reckless and dangerous" while adding that the actions only serve to further "isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive it's people."

"North Korea's test launch today of another intercontinental bassistic missile - the second such test in less than a month - is only the latest reckless and dangerous action by the North Korean regime.  The United States condemns this test and rejects the regime's claim that these tests - and these weapons - ensure North Korea's security.  In reality, they have the opposite effect.  By threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive it's people.  The United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect our allies in the region."

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While North Korea has test fired numerous ballistic missiles (mostly intermediate-range, including one intercontinental) in the past, and as such today's launch was largely seen as merely the latest political provocation to Trump by a seemingly oblivious Kim John-Un, there was one notable difference in the launch post-mortem: according to press and Pentagon reports, the maximum altitude attained by the ICBM was 3,700 km (2,300 miles) with a flight time of about 47 minutes. This is material because according to All Things Nuclear, based on the latest information, today’s missile test by North Korea could easily reach not only the US West Coast, but also a number of major US cities.

As reported earlier, North Korea launched its missile on a very highly lofted trajectory, which allowed the missile to fall in the Sea of Japan rather than overflying Japan. It appears the ground range of the test was around 1,000 km (600 miles), which put it in or close to Japanese territorial waters.

According to physicist and co-director of the UCS Global Security Program, David Wright, if those numbers are correct, then the missile flown on a standard trajectory would have a range 10,400 km (6,500 miles), not taking into account the Earth’s rotation. Adding the rotation of the Earth increases the range of missiles fired eastward, depending on their direction. Calculating the range of the missile in the direction of some major US cities gives the approximate results in Table 1.

Table 1 shows that Los Angeles, Denver, and Chicago appear to be well within range of this missile, and that Boston and New York may be just within range. Washington, D.C. may be just out of range.

Wright caveats his calculations saying that "it is important to keep in mind that we do not know the mass of the payload the missile carried on this test. If it was lighter than the actual warhead the missile would carry, the ranges would be shorter than those estimated above."

While the above calculation has yet to be confirmed by third parties, the US is not taking any chances. According to Reuters, top U.S. and South Korean military officials "discussed military options after North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Friday."

Marine General Joseph Dunford was joined by the Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, when they called General Lee Sun-jin, chairman of the South Korean Joint Chief of Staff. "During the call Dunford and Harris expressed the ironclad commitment to the U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance. The three leaders also discussed military response options," said Captain Greg Hicks, a spokesman for Dunford.

In light of North Korea's reportedly expanded offensive capabilities, now that the US has an justification to launch a preemptive "defensive" attack on Pyongyang, a US military operation in North Korea now appears to be only a matter of time.

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BaBaBouy's picture

Calling Rodman, Rodman, we need you ...

NidStyles's picture

Oh please Kim start with Hollywood.

Jim Sampson's picture

So we went from he couldn't hit a target 10 miles away to he can hit almost any city he wants in a couple of months?  Now THAT'S some fucking ROI!

Chuck Norris's picture

I'm not sure I'd be very sad if the nuke hit D.C.

NidStyles's picture

If it gets Trump I would be, because Pence is a Zio-cuck, and we're all filled up on Zio-cuck tolerance for this century.

MillionDollarButter's picture

Honestly, if he hits almost any city target, then the average IQ of this country goes up, and the welfare burden and crime rate go down.

Jim Sampson's picture

Did you say Chicago?  I do love some parts but fuck would it help out.

eforce's picture

The US government needs to respect North Korea's second ammendment rights.

Perimetr's picture

"now that the US has an justification to launch a preemptive "defensive" attack on Pyongyang"

hee haw straight from the neocon mindset

A US attack will guarantee a North Korean response

and it doesn't take a missile to hit the US

putting a nuke inside a ship can do the trick, just put it in the harbor, that's close enough.

goodbye LA or San Diego

Déjà view's picture

West Coast off limits...Chicom RE...

DocBerg's picture

Would we even notice a missile hitting Chicago?  There is enough carnage there already!


not dead yet's picture

In Wisconsin we sure would. Our quality of life would greatly increase as we would no longer have to deal with the shitbags from Chitcago with their arrogant attitude and superiority complexes.

Boomberg's picture

Yes we would definitely notice. It would be a noticable improvement.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Jim,

Yea, Right?

Didn't this Kim guy have a parade with a bunch of Model Missle's he had the guy at the Hobby Shop build for him to display.

I'll write this one of as more Pentagram PsyOp aka "Fake News."

BurningFuld's picture

I think the nodong missle was kind of a naming error. Just sayin'

JRobby's picture

His mother was sniffing glue when he was in her womb. He clearly is insane. He will get alot of his citizens killed.

Chupacabra-322's picture

And, end in Shitcago.

Perhaps we can negotiate Dever for Rodman.

Smack's picture

Our benevolent leader ( who flung dung  ) in his infinite wisdom will chose country, city, or state.

yogibear's picture

Un would probably end up hitting Rodman's house with him in it.

BullyBearish's picture

Full drawdown in NK:

give each returning U.S. serviceperson a new hyundai or kia leaving the south and north to work out their own differences without our interference...

The central planners's picture

Wait a minute.....


researchfix's picture

Good to have a ´US fuck off´ card. It gets popular.

HK VP9's picture

Do it, you fat mother fucker. You don't have a hair on your ugly, primate ass if you don't push the button right the fuck now. 

Yeah...thought so. Doom porn bullshit. 

GodSpeed_00's picture

Do you live in any of the cities at risk? 

gatorengineer's picture

I think it would be termed urban renewal.....

MsCreant's picture

From a nuke, maybe. Don't know about his aim, once you have range...

GodSpeed_00's picture

North Korea will be "liberated" shortly then.

Squid Viscous's picture

I hope they take out Chicago, then LA, then Denver, in that order.

Or wait until they can reach DC.

HK VP9's picture

I too vote to see Chicago lit up. Sick of dealing with that garbage dump dragging the rest of Illinois down the toilet. Let's make sure its on one of their many breaks from the General Assembly so most of them get turned into tiki torches.

beeeeeep's picture

Can you imagine how free of a stae Illinois and California would be if LA and Chicago disappeared?

roadhazard's picture

And Trump keeps tweeting. What a stupid fucker.

barysenter's picture

and you keep posting troll droppings. Chenius!

roadhazard's picture

If they don't think like you they are a troll. I think you clowns are the trolls so we are on the same page, son.

Stan522's picture


<--Trump will launch an attack, or retaliation of some kind

<--Trump will sit on his hands, bluster a bit and then move on

GodSpeed_00's picture

Bush Jr. could have dealt with this problem a long time ago but instead made up stories about WMDs in Iraq, when real WMDs were already known to be in the works in NK. Now we're in a position where South K, Japan and the US could face a nuclear stirke.

BiteMeBO's picture

Chicago has just imposed a tax on any NK ICBM Missiles that enter the state.  

directaction's picture

North Korea must understand that the world's oceans and lands and skies belong to America.

No country can be allowed to test weapons unless the USA grants them permission.

Any country that doesn't do as they're told by the US will be destroyed for their own good.  

Sinophile's picture

Yeah, and Saddam threw babies out of incubators.  And Building Seven came down on its own.  And Tim McVie blew up the fed building in OKC.  Blah, blah, blah.  How many lies are you people going to believe?

wisehiney's picture

I could drive to north korea by the time it got here.

DollarMenu's picture

Yeah, North Korea with a few missles and bombs.

So they fire one off, hit the US, then what do they do?

They're going to become comlete,total, toast.

Beyond toast, they will be deep-fried genocided.

And they know it.

This is all "faux" news.

Fear porn, click bait, political posturing, blah, blah, blah.....

PrivetHedge's picture

Err, it's a deterrent against US aggression, not a first strike option.

DollarMenu's picture

Now that I can believe.

Let's hope the deterrent works.

BTW, Does North Korea have a Rothschild controlled Central Bank?

DisorderlyConduct's picture

NK could hit Chicago..?  One can only hope. That would only be slightly more violence than Chicago is imposing on itself...

debtor of last resort's picture

The Yellen squirt goes to Timbuktu. Kim is excuse 113 that won't work.

Ben Tornilloed's picture

No significant loss if LA and Shitcago get hit. geugeos-eul haejuseyo.

Smedley&#039;s Butler's picture

Bullshit. Shut the fuck up.

Last missile it was all about how ineffective they are and lack true range.

Now we have one that can reach Chicago...


MoonWatcher's picture

Faster, Pussycat. Kill! Kill!

Automatic Choke's picture

(oooh.... another Russ Meyer fan....)