"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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SHADEWELL's picture

Those of you dismissing Kim's ability, recall only recently were were "told" that he is "years away from being able to reach US"....LIE

This bitch has to be takeqn out  NOW

 

HominyTwin's picture

Go take him out! Be sure to wear a go-pro. I'm sure the footage will be fucking awesome!

pipes's picture

That was funny as hell.

Hammer of Light's picture

Ratchet ratchet ratchet... more cocknbullshit narrative for the US to start mass murdering again... and again... and again.

Anyone stop to ask why the NORKS feel they have to defend themselves? Oh that's right, regime change, regime change regime change that comes with mass murder, more mass murder and even more mass murder.

The NORKS WILL NEVER FIRE ANYTHING AT THE US.

This is the fomenting of yet more murder and pork for the MIC. Gotta have a GO TOO FALSE FLAG TO RESET RIGHT?

Under no circumstances will the bankers who own Trumps cock and balls of Israel ever let him get away with doing anything other than what he's told to do.

In my view... maybe it should be us, we the people pointing nuclear weapons at DC, ISRAEL and the UK... a tiny miniscule little fraction of assholes is continuing to play GOD all over the world and these institutions and people are the single greatest danger to humanities children than that little fat pucker whose not about to bring an extinction level event upon his own nation. We the critically thinking people know, he, Kimmy the little fat pucker knows this and most of the educated thinking in the WORLD KNOWS THIS.

So why all this tripe and garbage for a narrative of a story still? BANKERS and the UK with their bitch whore Israel still have to remain relevant and their relevancy has our government by the short and curly's still.

What we need is to be rid of Israel, DC and the UK... then the rest of us can simply get on with our day and heaven forbid in PEACE.

aloha_snakbar's picture

Sounds good to me... drop the puck, NK...

Boca's picture

well if the msm says it can now reach congress, I guess congress now has the excuss to declear war on NK.  We are all such fools to believe the BS we are feed

moonmac's picture

No worries not even a "Gook Nuke" can pop this bubble!

adolphz's picture

Here in Germany we have Muslims who are not violent.mtje the North Korean leaders are a nother story.

gcjohns1971's picture

If the US or Soviet Union used the same rhetoric about nuking this, and nuking that, that Kim Jong Un does, there absolutely would have been a nuclear war.

That does not bode well for life on earth.

The US (as is well known) has the nuclear capacity to depopulate North Korea.  But the consequences to the entire region, and the world, would be extreme.  There would be the potential to create a Nuclear Winter for much of the Northern Hemishpere.  And the radiation would spread far and wide.

Worse.  With mobile launchers capable of launching from near or just barely within China or Russia there's a risk of misattribution of any launched missile.  A "Kim-Strike" could very easily turn into Global Thermonuclear War.

The DPRK is now at the adult table, but they are using playground rules.  When adults use kid rules someone usually gets killed.

For Seventy Years no one has attacked the DPRK under the theory that if we wait long enough they will behave more like a country, with recognition of consequences, and less like an ambitious WarLord, eager to attack this, attack that, seize this for ransom, and seize that for ransom. 

That was foolish.  Should have let the ROKs off the leash and allowed them to unify the Peninsula 20 years ago.

Now the risks are greater for everyone in the world EXCEPT for Kim Jong Un.

 

Mylifedependsonit's picture

So, the DPRK boosted the second stage engines, and gave them 1800 km more altitude, and 10 more minutes of flight time. 

That's all of the CONUS is in range, or 1/2 of it with a warhead mounted. Or... the certain ability to pop of 2 or 3 EMP's over the US. No reentry vehicle required for the HEMP.

I'm no expert, but all of the experts here say that the US doesn't have the ability to intercept an ICBM, much less several and several hundred decoys, and the DPRK just proved they can reach all of the US. Kinda sounds like the US could be fucked, doesn't it? 

This sounds alot like the "red line"

Robert Trip's picture

Kinda sounds like you believe this Pentagon bullshit.

Sad.

Mylifedependsonit's picture

What bullshit would that be? Enlighten me with facts.

Not if_ But When's picture

Washington, DC vs Wall Street surgical strike  =  hard choice.

Leave Philly alone though  -  my Eagles and 76ers are finally catching fire.       CPL593H

wisebastard's picture

DC??? good....great......what about the FED in NY

Robert Trip's picture

"The only good gook is a dead gook."

 

Mahatma Gandhi

Gort's picture

Here we go again with the Bush 43 "Weapons of Mass Destruction" bullshit.  Next will be videos of FatBoy gassing puppies. Cut the debt, fix healthcare costs and throw out the illegals.

Herdee's picture

China and Russia have subs up and down both coasts. Nobody can win a nuclear war.

scattergun's picture

We know how far it traveled. Did it land anywhere close to where they thought it would land? Aiming one of these things at something thousands of miles away is harder than one might think.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Tylers; I can repost my list. Don't worry about nuking this guy!

scattergun's picture

We know how far it traveled. Did it land anywhere close to where they thought it would land? Aiming one of these things at something thousands of miles away is harder than one might think.

scattergun's picture

We know how far it traveled. Did it land anywhere close to where they thought it would land? Aiming one of these things at something thousands of miles away is harder than one might think.

scattergun's picture

We know how far it traveled. Did it land anywhere close to where they thought it would land? Aiming one of these things at something thousands of miles away is harder than one might think.

scattergun's picture

We know how far it traveled. Did it land anywhere close to where they thought it would land? Aiming one of these things at something thousands of miles away is harder than one might think.

TeethVillage88s's picture

In the Case of National Security ... how much money is available annually to the MIC? You know for Re-Allocation?

2016 Total Department of Veterans Affairs Outlays = $180 Billion
2016 Total Outlays for International Assistance Programs = $50 Billion
2016 Total Outlays State Department = $29.5 Billion
2016 Total Department of Homeland Security Outlays = $57.6 Billion
2016 Total Other Defense Civil Programs Outlays = $65 Billion
2016 Total Department of Defense—Military Outlays = $566 Billion

Sacred Cows?

yeah

2016 VA Medical Care = $52.1 Billion
2014 VA Compensation and Pensions = $69.82 Billion
DoD Weapons & Logistics Contracts ... ?

scattergun's picture

We know how far it traveled. Did it land anywhere close to where they thought it would land? Aiming one of these things at something thousands of miles away is harder than one might think.

scattergun's picture

We know how far it traveled. Did it land anywhere close to where they thought it would land? Aiming one of these things at something thousands of miles away is harder than one might think.

scattergun's picture

We know how far it traveled. Did it land anywhere close to where they thought it would land? Aiming one of these things at something thousands of miles away is harder than one might think.

scattergun's picture

We know how far it traveled. Did it land anywhere close to where they thought it would land? Aiming one of these things at something thousands of miles away is harder than one might think.

scattergun's picture

We know how far it traveled. Did it land anywhere close to where they thought it would land? Aiming one of these things at something thousands of miles away is harder than one might think.

scattergun's picture

We know how far it traveled. Did it land anywhere close to where they thought it would land? Aiming one of these things at something thousands of miles away is harder than one might think.

scattergun's picture

We know how far it traveled. Did it land anywhere close to where they thought it would land? Aiming one of these things at something thousands of miles away is harder than one might think.

scattergun's picture

We know how far it traveled. Did it land anywhere close to where they thought it would land? Aiming one of these things at something thousands of miles away is harder than one might think.

scattergun's picture

We know how far it traveled. Did it land anywhere close to where they thought it would land? Aiming one of these things at something thousands of miles away is harder than one might think.

scattergun's picture

We know how far it traveled. Did it land anywhere close to where they thought it would land? Aiming one of these things at something thousands of miles away is harder than one might think.

scattergun's picture

We know how far it traveled. Did it land anywhere close to where they thought it would land? Aiming one of these things at something thousands of miles away is harder than one might think.

scattergun's picture

We know how far it traveled. Did it land anywhere close to where they thought it would land? Aiming one of these things at something thousands of miles away is harder than one might think.

QIG's picture

The main enemy is the "Babylonian Money Magic" crowd, the Khazarian Mafia.

Over 146 years since the ACT of 1871 that turned us into a Coporation (now bankrupted and defunct) they infiltrated every corner of our governments and courts and military. That is what is being called "the deep state".

They are mortal enemies of America.

The fight has started. Enjoy the fight. More importsantly, win it.

This shit coming out of N Korea is made in Ukraine, and N. Korea is a Khazarian strong hold.

About time now, I think, to turn that place, and all the little people who have allowed themslevs to become slaves, into a glass ashtray, and be done with it.

 

horse cents's picture

>>>Washington

>>>Los Angeles 

 ZH polling by Horse Cents

 

King of Ruperts Land's picture

I say the UN building in NYC. They are at war with the UN. It would be the right thing to do.

john316jr's picture

Decisions, decisions... why can't we have a "both" option?

King of Ruperts Land's picture

How did North Korea develop such an advanced ICBM?

I know, I know, pick me teacher.

They use a meritocracy instead of a suck-dick-sodomite-tranny-ocracy?

They devote their finest minds to the problem of national defense instead of the problem of click-baiting and brainwashing their own people?

QIG's picture

When Ukraine went bankrupt the factories that made Russian missles had to find a new market. That sophisticated rocketry was bought by a new customer, who sold his soul to the Khazarian bandits (like Bush, and Obama, and Clnton) and who now host the Khazarian strong men.

 

Kill North Korea, and all who sail in her,... is the answer.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Way I heard it ,,, Woodrow Wilson regretting his deals with "institutionalized War" and ... "Institutionalized Private Central Bank (stockholder controlled, data/info controlled/universities controlled/foundations controlled)"

Anyone got links or something to add?

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/census-immigrant-population-over-15-in...
http://cis.org/Camarota/Map-Number-Immigrants-Minor-Children
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/us-immigration-population-hits-record-...
Immigration by the Numbers -- Off the Charts
www.numbersusa.org

http://www.chapwoodindex.com/
http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts
http://independenttrader.org/lies-damned-lies-and-statistics.html
https://www.judicialwatch.org/

Huge List of Whistleblowers help USA & Europe on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_whistleblowers

1-2-3-4 what the hell we fightin' for... whoopee we all gonna die .... goin' to war now

Edit1:
'Furtive Movement'

King of Ruperts Land's picture

That is the psychotic western mentality. That is why DPRK has to have nukes. By just thinking in groups and labels and buying and selling you demonstrate a mental flaw. Smart people who put their talents to the job can build advanced rockets and nukes. This becomes easier and easier as hints and examples and other advances in technology evolve. Not saying Ukrainian rockets are not involved. I bet there are now DPRK rocket engines now. If they keep at it their technology could surpass ours in some ways.

CRM114's picture

One awaits the inevitable 'America's Next Big Target' on cable,

where viewers vote for the locality or institution they would most like Kim to strike next.

Grand Final contenders are likely to include:

TSA Headquarters

Chez Hitlery

Chicago's South Side

Mar-a-Largo

NFL Commissioner's office

and the 50-1 outsider

'That Gas Station Outside Poughkeepsie That Short-changed Me Twice Last Year'

historian40's picture

The Pentagram, Chicago, Hollywierd, Jew York City, Tel Aviv, and the list goes on.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

The UN building in NYC. The United Nations along with the US are actual belligerents at war with DPRK. Plus I am sure NYC doesn't want to be nuked so this will put pressure to make peace here.