"It Can Reach Washington, DC": Latest North Korean ICBM Can Hit Anywhere In The Continental US

Tyler Durden's picture

There was something different about today's ballistic missile test: according to a preliminary analysis from the Pentagon, the rocket was an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, which was reported to have flown for 50 minutes, on a very high trajectory reaching 4,500 km above the earth (more than ten times higher than the orbit of Nasa’s International Space Station) before coming down nearly 1,000 km from the launch site off the west coast of Japan.

This would make it the most powerful of the three ICBM’s North Korea has tested so far. Furthermore, the mobile night launch appeared aimed at testing new capabilities and demonstrating that Pyongyang would be able to strike back to any attempt at a preventative strike against the regime.

“The missile was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea, and traveled about 1,000 km before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan’s economic exclusion zone. We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment of the launch,” Pentagon spokesman, Col Robert Manning said.

This is concerning for one big reason: according to General Mattis, the North Korean ICBM "went higher, frankly, than any previous" and "North Korea can basically threaten everywhere in the world." This was confirmed by North Korea missile analyst, Shea Cotton, who cited Allthingsnuclear author David Wright, and who told the BBC that the initial estimates of the ICBM test mean that North Korea can now reach New York and Washington DC.

How did North Korea develop such an advanced ICBM? Here, as Michael Duitsman, research associate at the center for nonproliferation studies recalls "the DPRK reportedly tested a new engine a few weeks ago, so #2 makes sense. The second stage burn time on the first two HS-14 tests was crazy long, so it could benefit from a different engine."

Other experts had similar ominous conclusions: here is Vipin Narang, polisci professor at MIT, who noted the following quick implications from the DPRK ICBM night launch: 

1. They want us to know they can hit eastern seaboard
2. Which means they probably got a higher thrust 2nd stage working


1. Night launch helps with readiness, survivability, penetration.

His conclusion: "It's real folks."

A good visual summary of the new ICBM range is showin below: as noted, its estimated range covers all of US. 10,000km (yellow) 13,000km.

Finally, here is opinion of David Wright, physicist and co-director of the UCS Global Security Program, whose insight on North Korean launches has emerged as one of the most informative over the past year.

North Korea’s Longest Missile Test Yet


After more than two months without a missile launch, North Korea did a middle-of-the-night test (3:17 am local time) today that appears to be its longest yet.


Reports are saying that the missile test was highly lofted and landed in the Sea of Japan some 960 km (600 miles) from the launch site. They are also saying the missile reached a maximum altitude of 4,500 km. This would mean that it flew for about 54 minutes, which is consistent with reports from Japan.


If these numbers are correct, then if flown on a standard trajectory rather than this lofted trajectory, this missile would have a range of more than 13,000 km (8,100 miles). This is significantly longer than North Korea’s previous long range tests, which flew on lofted trajectories for 37 minutes (July 4) and 47 minutes (July 28). Such a missile would have more than enough range to reach Washington, DC, and in fact any part of the continental United States.


We do not know how heavy a payload this missile carried, but given the increase in range it seems likely that it carried a very light mock warhead. If true, that means it would not be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to this long distance, since such a warhead would be much heavier. 

The question now is what Trump meant when late on Tuesday, in response to a question how the US would respond to the latest ICBM launch, he said "we will handle it."

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DetectiveStern's picture

NK is controlled opposition used as a distraction.

JimmyJones's picture

Ignore it? Hell I'm celebrating it.

WTFRLY's picture

In more dangerous news, Joo World Order agents have saturated the US govt.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Nothing happens.  They can fight back now. 

ThirdWorldNut's picture

Forget all this, go to youtube and lookup "SlaughterBots", the killer microdrones.

You can neither run nor hide.

erkme73's picture

Could hit Washington? And this is cause for concern? Fuck that. This is cause for celebration.

Occident Mortal's picture

Curse those handsom bastards.

toady's picture

So U.S. centric.... how about "it can hit anywhere in the world"?

Who cares if the U.S. gets hit?

How about taking the U.S. out of the equation and letting the adults have a conversation?

Occident Mortal's picture

On a serious note.


North Korea must have some fucking awesome engineers!


A 3rd world shit hole with zero resources and international trade embargoes in place and yet they have completed the manhatten project AND the space race simultaneously?? WTAF?

Hats off to these guys. Someone over there is clever as fuck.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Say it isn't so...

My God, the horror if DC or jew york city is wiped out.

Sometimes it pays not to be a jew rat or one of their goy toys trying to control the world.

Samuel Culper's picture

Somewhere out there, Secy Mattis just coughed "bullshit' into his fist.

bobcatz's picture

True that. The ONLY thing the US is really good at is setting the Middle East on fire for Israhell. http://wp.me/p4OZ4v-2g9

jeff montanye's picture

why is that spam?  most of what the biblicism institute says about contemporary matters is true.  about the only thing the u.s. government (ok not the whole country) is good at and seems concerned about through both the bush and obama administrations, note both parties represented, is setting the mideast on fire for the benefit of israel.

certainly not for the benefit of the u.s.  

i think that's one of the major reasons trump was elected.

scrappy's picture

Some say...

North Korea is nothing but a cardboard-cutout construct of the CIA. (Rogue CIA, not all, My Comment) Didn't people learn anything from 9-11? If a massive explosion or some other catastrophic event occurs in the US, you can guarantee that it won't have anything to do with North Korea. Our enemy is within the gates.


Tapeworm's picture

Here comes Santa Claus on NORAD radar.

 Feckin norks will fuck up the targeting and miss DC by 350 miles. What a waste.

gladih8r's picture

Give them the coordinates for Soros' lair, ask them to send 3 or 4 over, you know, due to this whole un-dead thing and all.

E5's picture

This is an assymertrical opening.  Create a power vacuum and no one will know who nuked us.  The Sun could do it and we would believe it was NK.

Our government is notorious for getting unintended consequences (blowback) from their actions.

Anyone detonates a nuke in DC or Miami, and no one will really know what to believe in a political power vacuum.

Dennisen's picture

It can, in fact hit anywhere in the US...

All we need to do now is await the subversive action of the tectonic plates to move us within direct targeting range and then all is lost.

Gorgeous's picture

I would hope so.  They fired into the Sea of Japan (doubt they can even get 1000km out of it)....and that proves it can hit DC???  Anyone check a map lately??  I guess war mongering doesn't have to make sense.


StychoKiller's picture

Silence!  This is rocket science, either know what yer talking about or shut up!

jeff montanye's picture

if true, the test shows long range and significant accuracy:

"Reports are saying that the missile test was highly lofted and landed in the Sea of Japan some 960 km (600 miles) from the launch site. They are also saying the missile reached a maximum altitude of 4,500 km. This would mean that it flew for about 54 minutes, which is consistent with reports from Japan. 

If these numbers are correct, then if flown on a standard trajectory rather than this lofted trajectory, this missile would have a range of more than 13,000 km (8,100 miles)."

Truthoutthere's picture

Who the fuck are all your down Voters? Are they fucking mute? Speak up people.Are you swallowing all this Pentagram fucking shite that easily? Do not go outside.Baa...Baa

338's picture

Let's all drop our pants and get ready to get a good hard deep one.


They couldn't hit us on a bet.


But if they keep you scared, droppping fifty percent of your check to the.gov will be easy.




jeff montanye's picture

maybe the cia helped them.  they gave osama his start.  made a decent beard for the mossad when it was time for 9-11.

the cold war proved pretty much that wars with nuclear armed opponents don't happen.  thus north korea's progress into that state is really pro-peace.  regime change for nk is far more likely to come eventually via peaceful negotiation with china and south korea.  the u.s.'s best contribution is probably to stop shouting and waving a sword.

Yog Soggoth's picture

How did North Korea develop such an advanced ICBM? Well according to 

Obama-Appointed Federal Inspector Threatened By Clinton Campaign Over Email Investigation it probably was Hitlary.
Zeej's picture


The Fat Boy is an actor someone else is running this show. My guess same folks running Israhell

poeg's picture

Carrying a payload of two pounds 4 ounces... as for aiming, the rocket has peep sights.

Samuel Culper's picture

My arse was carrying that weight the day after Thanksgiving.

two hoots's picture

The guidance system, if some takeoff or cheap model,  means it could hit anywhere, even if aimed at DC. 

rosiescenario's picture

Well, at least they have progressed from open sights...........

weburke's picture

indeed, they will probably be first to the moon.



weburke's picture

and how did the japanese get all the us aircraft technology to use in ww2 

Yog Soggoth's picture

Germans. Notice Webber copy by Hitachi in early Datsun.

jeff montanye's picture

here is an excellent animated feature on the invention of the zero fighter plane.  also a love story


Cynicles II's picture

they give visa's to Indian tek workers...

Blue Dog's picture

It's not them. It's the Chinese. NK is the tail on the Chinese dog.

NK's missile and nuclear program would cost more than their total GDP.


Or maybe our government is not telling us the truth about North Korea. Nah they would never do that.

Crawdaddy's picture

True - the guys who have no lights at night because they are so poor yet supposedly threaten the country with the biggest defense budget. Does not compute.

Da Norks, like the DA Castros of yesteryear, are a cinematic fiction created to scare the plebes. And like Castro that shit continues to work because the peeps be stupit.

The people who behind these stories never tire of telling us the is a boogyman under every rock. Magic 8 Ball say it will continue to work long after we are gone.

divingengineer's picture

Gee, you don’t think they could have had some help do you?

Marigold's picture

Koreans have considerably higher average IQ's than Americans . ..read the Bell Curve and the US continues to dilute its average along with parts of Europe by admitting a lot of Africans and Arabs. Great to see little North Korea stand up the the bully in the playground. They remember that the US committed genoside on them by eliminating 30% of their population during tke Korean war.

jeff montanye's picture

the arabs (and persians) invented the zero, decimals, algebra and spherical trigonometry so i don't think we have too much to fear from their genetics.

you are very correct regarding north korean motivation however.

Money Boo Boo's picture


ALL Amercian taxpayers who've funded the MIC, should be demanding a refund for shitty service.

BetaGap's picture

"Can reach DC" is one of the sentences to set flame to the powder keg.


And since when do we have this discrimination notice?

weburke's picture

nukes dont cause emp. check all the nuke testing in the 60's

SaulAzzHoleSky's picture

Ummm....Actually they DO cause EMP. Research Starfish Prime test where the scientists vastly underestimated EMP generation and fried or pegged out all their measurement equipment!

jeff montanye's picture

that discrimination notice has been there for a while.  apparently not rigorously enforced.  such non enforcement is one of the charms, albeit at times a touch painful (as free speech is), of the hedge.