"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: 

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

 

Operational:
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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Grandad Grumps's picture

Is this a set-up for the deep state to nuke D.C. and blame it on Korea or someone else now that the deep state has moved their operations to the Rocky Mountain states?

There is zero evidence to indicate that North Korea has any significant nuclear or missile technology and the only submarines they have are WW II era diesel technology.

tuetenueggel's picture

One of those aimed at a us carrier and nobody could prevent it.

Their commander was out at oince.

Big mouths doesen´t make good military, as Vietnam, Afghanistan, Korea, Syria and other failed US actions of stupidity show.

hendrik1730's picture

Nobody needs far-reaching ICBM's. A ballistic missile with a range of say 3000 km ( and that, NK has since a long time ) can be launched from international waters to any target in any country from a surface vessel. Or a conventional sub. One could imagine even just to smuggle in a nuke via the coast line and hide it in any major city and set it off when the time comes. NO warning at all, NO radar system can detect it, NO interception possible. It hits you at point blank range right on the spot. As depicted in the movie : "The sum of all fears."

onmail1's picture

CHEERS  CHEERS  CHEERS

CHEERS  CHEERS  CHEERS

CHEERS  CHEERS  CHEERS

CHEERS  CHEERS  CHEERS

 

Thumbs up to North Korea

The David for the Goliath west US+EU+UK

Let the vampire draculas taste their own blood

Hey Humanity This is the new Millenium

God has given us

Kim is the deliverer of manind from the evil west

 

 

css1971's picture

US sanctions against China in 3...... 2....... 1........

NK is a Chinese vassal state and trading partners don't make threats. L

McRocket's picture

So? What a bunch of wet hens Americans have become...flapping around in panic at the slightest thing.
They would never launch an ICBM at America for the same reason the Soviet Union never launched an ICBM at America...because they know they would be completely obliterated if they did.
And evil dictators LOVE being in power...so why would they deliberately end that power?
And save the 'because Kim is nuts' nonsense. People said the same thing about the Soviet leaders.
This is no big deal.
Sure, the less people that have ICBM's the better. But they have, will never use it and that is that.
Anyone who is freaking out in the slightest over this is being ridiculous.

SouljahBoy's picture

Typical arrogant thing to say when EVERY country in the world hates you. And then you wonder why all the sh1t is always happening to the US.....even mother nature is trying to Ghost u

tuetenueggel's picture

As no country worldwide used A-bombs for war crimes besides US, it´s a very dangerous opinion.

NK will use it if god´s own country won´t stop covering entire world into wars, which US always lost since 1945

lakecity55's picture

Kim is not so nuts. He would have already attacked if he was. He may be a psycho towards challenges in his own family or others to his rule, but I doubt he wants to give up being the HMIC.

IF he attacks the US, the PRC has already said he is on his own. IF the US attacks first, we will also have to fight China. And, perhaps, Russia.

Kim is like a dangerous snake. Leave him alone, and he will bother nobody. Poke a stick at him and you will get fanged.

 

mastersnark's picture

The "hermit kingdom" transformed from grass-eating troglodytes on bicycles to an ICBM nuclear power in a bit over a year. Seems legit.

LA_Goldbug's picture

Yes, the HP calculator armed NK Bonzay inside the missile can bring the tin can to within 1000 miles from its intended target. Kim has 20 such missiles which should scare the Hell out of USA and Europe.

Lets start building nuc shelters.

SouljahBoy's picture

Set the sight square in the middle of the US and wipe them off the map. They have raped and pilliged and bullied every continent in the world for far too long.

Its time they feel what it feels like when their country looses children, mothers, fathers for no damn reason!. Why do you have your DAMN military in every country?!...why cant u just piss off and go home, fix your own crap economy thats failing. Its time the citizens start standing up against the military before they're the ones that suffer their transgressions.

SouljahBoy's picture

Set the sight square in the middle of the US and wipe them off the map. They have raped and pilliged and bullied every continent in the world for far too long.

Its time they feel what it feels like when their country looses children, mothers, fathers for no damn reason!. Why do you have your DAMN military in every country?!...why cant u just piss off and go home, fix your own crap economy thats failing. Its time the citizens start standing up against the military before they're the ones that suffer their transgressions.

SouljahBoy's picture

Set the sight square in the middle of the US and wipe them off the map. They have raped and pilliged and bullied every continent in the world for far too long.

Its time they feel what it feels like when their country looses children, mothers, fathers for no damn reason!. Why do you have your DAMN military in every country?!...why cant u just piss off and go home, fix your own crap economy thats failing. Its time the citizens start standing up against the military before they're the ones that suffer their transgressions.

Lord JT's picture

what a lie. their technology is years away from reaching us. after the DoD goes in there is when we'll find that out, of course.

tuetenueggel's picture

It´s quite  good example:

USA are redevelloping themselves and entire world is proceeding forward. US only devellopped big mouths ( Mc Brainsick f.e. ) and entire world devellopped countries as China and Russia, India not to forget.

ReignDeer's picture

this 'expert' with that supposed trajectory is a joke bigger than North Korea danger. All the world (((controlled))), NK as well and if it wasnt useful to have one last scaremonger, there would be MCDonalds all over the god forsaken place.

Hugh Mann's picture

Never gonna happen! It would be suicide for NK to attack anyone. I have doubts that the saber rattling and launching of missiles is even taking place. Has anyone besides MSM seen the missiles in flight or them splashing down? IMO, this is just another distraction for the masses and an excuse for another endless war.

lakecity55's picture

If the PRC and the US play this right, they can use Kim to keep each other in check.

 

Ray Zinhell's picture

Please, please, please, PLEASE... don't tease me about being able to nuke DC.  It'd be a dream come true.  Nuke The Swamp.

Thethingreenline's picture

TTGL called on The Imperial Japanese Navy to construct 3 carrier battle groups for this very type of incident. TTGL called for this over 10 years ago, in anticipation of this. TTGL had foresight to know that USA needed them to keep the east in check. But no, The Sulithites mocked TTGL,with scorn and ridicule! Now all see his brilliance and foresight! Now USA is on their own and Japan quivering!
This is one reason BTC going vertical and will continue to do so!

TTGL

Off The Reservation's picture

Let's go to war, no problem.  My only problem is borrowing more money from the Cabal to pay for it.  It's time to stop paying that credit card.  

Then, see how much they care about this funny shaped launch.

LA_Goldbug's picture

They are printing it as I write this comment. There is no limit to how you can fool the sheep.

Able Ape's picture

The command system for the US ballistic missile system still uses FLOPPY DISKS.....cough..cough...

juggalo1's picture

Who cares?  DPRK already had the capability to kill millions of South Koreans by conventional means, which means the US will not be initiating a hot war.  In addition China is pledged to defend North Korea in the event that they are attacked (not if they attack someone else).  So how does this change the situation?

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Wonder what the whole mess looks like upon reentry. Is it one big molten ball or is it capable of steering itself to GPS coordinates, tracking by the stars, or just maintain course with a set of chinese made gyros. He'll probably aim for Washington, and hit Las Vegas. 

Non-Corporate Entity's picture

Kim's missile goes to 11...this IS Spinal Tap!!!

mr1963's picture

The CIA needs to stop providing them missle technology. It's almost like they want a war or something.

brushhog's picture

Sounds counter-intuitive but I feel like this may actually make us safer here in the US. Knowing that Kim can nuke them will make the nuts in Washington much more hesitant to start a war. Lets face it, the only reason we arent at war with Russia ( and probably China ) is that there are real consequences to starting it.

Lostinfortwalton's picture

The kilometer height reportedly acheived converts to 2,800 MILES above the earth's surface. With the size of the rocket shown on teevee? I don't think so.

hootowl's picture

Not to worry.  Trump won't let Rocket Man murder more than 100 million of us before the Deep State/CIA and the anti-american U.N. gives him permission to annihilate the goutish little sociopath.

LA_Goldbug's picture

I think Kim is better off sending this thing through the Postal Service as I doubt the HP calculator used by the NK-en Banzay will be good enough to guide the think to the right country.

mingkim's picture

Good on ya Kim. Dont't let the U ass of A bully you.

mingkim's picture

Good on ya Kim. Dont't let the U ass of A bully you.

mingkim's picture

Good on ya Kim. Dont't let the U ass of A bully you.

mingkim's picture

Good on ya Kim. Dont't let the U ass of A bully you.

ConnectingTheDots's picture

Be afriad, be very afraid.

I have heard this propaganda line far too many times.

ArnoldSchwarzenegger's picture

Only Space Ghost can save us now.