"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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shankster's picture

Which alphabet US gubmit agency gave it to them?

east of eden's picture

Well, I would imagine that the rockets came from China, the warheads from Russia, and the will, from every person in the world that wants this insanity to end, now.

shizzledizzle's picture

Dear Kim, 

Washington is broken irreparably and in need of a good clensing. It would surely be your demise but we would consider it a favor. 

razorthin's picture

Well then, launch away if he hope to ever have a sell-off.

Goldennutz's picture

War is BULLISH!!






whatswhat1@yahoo.com's picture

AL-Qaida = Lil Kimmy = Israel = MIC = who else?

Libtardius Maximus's picture

Devastation is at hand. The question is where.

east of eden's picture

No. I don't think so. I think that, despite his stupidity and glaring deficiencies, you will find that Trump has played a clever hand.

NormanConquest01's picture

As always, there is a silver lining to all of this:  initial estimates of the ICBM test mean that North Korea can now reach New York and Washington DC.

Freddie's picture

Does anyone here know eneough Korean to send Lil Kim the addresses for NY and Wash Fed and the Goldman Sachs trading floor? 

biker_trash's picture

Ah the familiar drum beats of war. What a crock of shit.

shovelhead's picture

Does it sound like the drum solo in Innagaddadavida?

Mena Arkansas's picture

the initial estimates of the ICBM test mean that North Korea can now reach New York and Washington DC.

Is there a GoFundMe?

shankster's picture

here first >>> Wash DC

Dark star's picture

North Korea has the ability to defend itself against attack from the USA, which it's history and Trump's threats have shown that it needs.

What is wrong with that?

east of eden's picture

It is really just about money, and control of resources, and not much more. Their true intent has been laid bare, and now they are sitting ducks, in the open, having failed miserably to create a global disaster. And I'm not talking about Norht Koreans.


shankster's picture

MIC thugs and Gangsta-Bankers popping the Champagne!

Inthemix96's picture

That missile can reach DC?  Whatabout London?  Will this missile be the definition of indiscriminate destruction,

Or will you all be played alive?

Answers need answering.


Answers need answering you insidious cunts.


east of eden's picture

IF he was going to launch anything, it would have already been done.

Fortunately, there are millions and billions of people in this world that are a lot smarter than 'mericans.

Bigly's picture

Bilious cunts, slatterns and pedos, all.

CRM114's picture

London is 8,500km from NK, so Yes.


silverer's picture

But N Korea doesn't want to hit "anywhere".  That's just fear propaganda.  We know N Korea wants to light up John McCain.  That's better for most Americans.

me or you's picture

Washington DC would be a great target. 

shankster's picture

So it can reach DC and NYC..so what's the problema? If it can reach San Fran too then I will get happy enough to break out the good stuff.

HRH of Aquitaine 2.0's picture

Absolutely! That was my thinking as well! Holy moly break out the good stuff and party when DC / NYC / LA are hit!

Do it NK, do it! Save the world!

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

It can, that means it can shank your ass too.  But fear not, Lil Kim just doesn't want to be liberated Ghadaffi style ....

shankster's picture

Good shanking never hurt anyone.

PN7's picture

The NK missile would come across the Pacific Ocean.  It would reach San Francisco first, then go 3,000 more miles to hit DC.

Rex Andrus's picture

This is the lamest false flag ever. 65 years in the making and this is the best tptb can do? Too much inbreeding, zionazigarchs.

The Best Enemies Money Can Buy by Anthony Sutton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3vZNSAi-QM

debtor of last resort's picture

Maybe Kim could use one of those algo lasers to wipe out the debt.

Its too obvious fuckers, way too obvious. Obviciously if you ask me.

NuYawkFrankie's picture

re "Such a missile would have more than enough range to reach Washington DC..."

WOW! Best news I've heard in looo...ng time.

Even better if they got one that can reach Tel Aviv as well!

Deep Snorkeler's picture

A Night Launch to Hawaii:

Elements of Danger and Excitement

Kim Jong-un, Khruschev's clone,

an acid flashback to 1962.

I know I am on Kim's kill list;

I will taste death but once,

burned black and radiated.

GunnyG's picture

Nuking Hawaii would be a Godsend to us. The disposal of a bunch of island full of welfare rats, Democrats, and other assorted vermin. 

east of eden's picture

You know buddy, that is the kind of idiotic rhetoric that gets you into trouble, or dead, or both. Always.

Why don't you try being a human being for a change?

USA USA's picture

and My in-laws that will be there for two weeks!

east of eden's picture

Somehow, I don't think things are that dire. There are over 3 billion eyeballs watching it now, and just as many weighing in on what they beleive should be done.

It would be absolute national suicide for the US to attack NK, or Russia or China for that matter. 

So once again, we approach M.A.D. And maybe that is a good thing.

shovelhead's picture

We need another chorus of 'We Are The World'.

That ought to do the trick.

Genby's picture

MAGA = make America glowing again.

GunnyG's picture

Dearest Rocket Man,

Please allow me to congratulate you on your latest rocket launch. Might I suggest that you target Seattle, Portland, DC, NY, LA, SF, Chappaqua, Crawford, Texas, The Kennedy Kompound, or any other corrupt Democrat/RINO/Elitist enclave. We won't miss them. 

Love and Kisses, 

Ivan de beers's picture

Russia and China are definitely covertly assisting North Korea with these weapons. 

east of eden's picture

Oh. You mean in the same way that the US delivered 85 B-61 nuclear bombs to the Saudi Arabians, via Israel.

Something like that?

petaloka's picture

Just like those other bad guys had WMDs. ????

shankster's picture

Kim here is another 3rd world wasteland you can practice on >> Miami.