"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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lester1's picture

Liberals would probably join Jim Jong Un in "resisting" Trump. Kim and liberals hate America.


ug's picture

what a breadth of scope

Nobodys Home's picture

I like the blue flavored scope best :)

any_mouse's picture

Kim hates the MIC and the Deep State that directs the MIC.

chubbar's picture

By all means, let's start a thermo-nuclear war over NK having nuclear weapons. Israel is starting wars all the time and those fuckers have had these weapons for decades. Maybe if we stop threatening and acting threatening, the NK gov't will go back to starving it's people and stop tossing valuable missiles around.

chunga's picture

Heads up Lebanon and Iran...

Lumberjack's picture

And the rest of the mischief happenin here.

BeansMcGreens's picture

Big distraction from the real news:

Black Lives Matter wants to bring down white capitalism with "Black Christmas"








BeansMcGreens's picture

Along with chittlins and collards.

HRClinton's picture

Wait a minute... if the Norks can develop rockets and nukes that fast, then...

1. US taxpayers have been getting ripped off massively by the MIC

2. The Norks need to be put in charge of our rocket program. 

DerdyBulls's picture

What yummy news... now we have a reason to go kill more people. Yeah! More taxes for dead babies please. Thanks man!

Sam Clemons's picture

Can this middle hit us on a flat earth model? I wonder how the trajectory adjusts for the falling away of the globe model just like pilots must do.

Jack's Raging Bile Duct's picture

Agreed. NK is a toothless boogeyman propped up for those purposes. Still, if this news is to be believed, then we should be so lucky that it can reach DC. Let's hope they're able to extend the range to Tel Aviv, London, and Riyadh.

Saucy-Jack's picture

Do people really believe this bullshit?

Idaho potato head's picture

NASA's international space station!? um Soyuz is Russian last I checked, also the rocket engines used to get there...

claytonmoore50's picture

The War Pigs are trying to sell us another war to add to the list of endless foriegn entanglements for the enrichment of the banksters and politicians

DavidC064's picture

It flew 600 miles.

Is everyplace in the world 600 miles from N. Korea?

gatorengineer's picture

It went 2000+ plus miles up....  convert that to suborbital and yes it can....

Newbie lurker's picture

Doesn’t understand trajectory....

WTFUD's picture

Husney bean tae skool, methinks.

itburnswhenitheta's picture

It went 4,500 km above the atmosphere; almost straight up. If it was pointed outwards it could go 10,000km+

Freddie's picture

How the F did he do that?  Did he buy it from China on AliBaba? 

Winston Churchill's picture

Has anyone ever seen Elon Musk and little Kim together ?

Lore's picture

@ DavidCo64: Stupid. Go back to Start.

awake283's picture

Are you really that stupid

Lumberjack's picture

If they fold time and space! Bet David Suzuki and Al Gore makes an appearance on Ellen!

Mineshaft Gap's picture

Ah, you’re doing the new identity politics math, aren’t you.

Aka “maff.”

Ink Pusher's picture


When your dead, your dead. You don't know it , but it makes things extremely difficult for the people around you.

It's exactly the the same when you are stupid.

Whomever it is that is forced to work with you has my sincere sympathies.

RumpleShitzkin's picture


As in.... you are dead.

Not...bring out your dead.

gatorengineer's picture

Dam Elon better get has ass over there stat, at this pace they will reach Alpha Centuri by Christmas.  Damned good thing the Chinese / Russians arent helping them.

datbedank's picture

*fap* fap* fap* 

The sound of doom porn!

A single nuke to either America or her Asian allies means NK will be glassed. This is stupid wolf crying. Can we get back to bitcoin making its run to $50k and the recurring demise of the petrodollar system?

Number 9's picture

this was all instigated to get Pocahontas out of the headlines and it pisses me off.

Maxter's picture

This also mean that a single nuke on NK will see washinton glassed.

Ink Pusher's picture

You forgot to mention the possible upside of a false flag emp scenario...

We've certainly seen enough foreshadowing.

Place your bets.

lester1's picture

Fucking take Kim out already !!

gatorengineer's picture

How about to Dinner and Cavs game?  He would probably like Lebron...

Deathrips's picture

I heard he likes ROD mans ass.



Ink Pusher's picture

too late in the scenario unless one of his own crew turns on him.

Cautiously Pessimistic's picture

It can reach Washington D.C.?  And that is a problem because................


An oldie but a goodie:

A driver was stuck in a traffic jam on the highway outside Washington, DC.

Nothing was moving.

Suddenly, a man knocks on the window. The driver rolls down the window and asks, "What's going on?"

"Terrorists have kidnapped the entire US Congress, and they're asking for a $100 million dollar ransom. Otherwise, they are going to douse them all in gasoline and set them on fire.

We are going from car to car, collecting donations."

"How much is everyone giving, on an average?" the driver asks.

The man replies, "Roughly a gallon."

Nobodys Home's picture

"It Can Reach Washington, DC": Why do you tease me so?

LetThemEatRand's picture

Oh no!  North Korea has beaten us in the arms race!  We're now an easy military target to this guy who has invaded all of those other countries!  We're doomed!!!!  

gatorengineer's picture

It actually would be interesting to see how many Americans would actually celebrate DC, NYC or LaLaLand getting taken out.....

FORD_FIESTA's picture

I sure would,,,,,I've been fucked by the Gov so much, my ass will hurt 20 years after I'm dead.

mrdenis's picture

Is this a promise of just another threat ...

Stan522's picture

The NORK's are incapable of creating this technology on their own, so which nation gave it to them......?

Goldennutz's picture

Probably got it off You Tube