"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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shimmy's picture

Oh no! Time to be triggered over this beause for some inane reaosn North Korea is going to send an ICBM for shits and giggles at the U.S. which will result in NK pretty much being wiped off the map. Yup, that makes sense!

Robert Trip's picture

The "Retard Meter" is in the red here with all the gullible and naive posters actually believing this North Korean rocket bullshit.

Still searching for those WMD'S in Iraq?

Wouldn't surprise me.

OCnStiggs's picture

The WMDs left Iraq during the sham of UN inspections in the last weeks before the war. The satellite pictures of caravans hauling heavy freight were unmistakable. They were headed to Syria.

historian40's picture

I was about to say, but then saw the post responding to you.  Those who still believe the WMD nonsense about Iraq claimed they were moved to Syria, when that country became a target, and have even started saying they were moved from Syria to Iran, in preparation for attack on that country.  Yeah, they really are that gullible.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

Come up with something to show us. Otherwise it seems like pure conjecture on your part. "pressure cooker bombs" and WMDs seem like lame made up ideas. The missile nuke program seems real enough to me and there doesn't seemed to be a ready made war response like the IRAQ lie. So put up or shut up.

MasterPo's picture

The bad news - "It can hit Washington DC". 

The good news - "It can hit Washington DC". 

The real news - The only way it can get here is if we go get it... 

Yen Cross's picture

  The NORK porn is the best!!! 


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


Robert Trip's picture

How about one right up Trump's ass?

The greatest arms dealer in the history of Mother Earth.

ssgredux's picture

How the hell does he expect this to ever get over the ice wall at the end of the world????

koan's picture

Don't you think if Kimmy were to command an actual nuke launch one of his officers would put a bullet through his head before launching?.

They must all hate him with a passion.

Umh's picture

Have you ever worked in an office? Have you sat in meetings with one or more jerks at the table? People may be a lot of things, but sensible is not one of them. One of the hero's (your officer above) peers will off the hero to get ahead.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

Compared to our country where half (and most media and publications)are pussy hatted mental cases that want Trump killed for no valid reason?

Robert Trip's picture

"It can reach Washington D.C."


Freighter and then over land on a fucking train?

You people believe this war-mongering Pentagon bullshit?

King of Ruperts Land's picture

There was also an initial report of 3 launches but only one landing in the sea. That report was soon edited away. Possible inflated foil radar decoys?

DPRK could nuke Ottawa as a demonstration that they mean business while giving US a chance to reconsider nuclear war.

Musum's picture

If it can reach DC, that should mean the rest of us are safe.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

Here are the countries North Korea is at war with:

United Nations
United States
United Kingdom
New Zealand
South Africa

Has any of them made peace with North Korea?

Your governments really care about you don't they.

I say at the first sign of aggression by the USA, nuke the UN.

passerby's picture

I won't believe it until I see any photo of a N. Korea decal stuck to it.

hutnela's picture

I have seen the decal, it says, "Property of Lil Kim, if found please drop in nearest mailbox, postage prepaid. Made in China"

Jack Oliver's picture

The MIC likely make 'flag decal's' for every FUCKING country - depending on the occassion !!

Pigeon's picture

I'm fine with turning the swamp to glass, since draining it seems to be fucking impossible.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

Sad state when many loyal countrymen would not be too sad that thier own capital gets nuked. We could have minute of silence. Then MAGA.

Pigeon's picture

I should have been more specific. Congress. K-Street. The bureaucracy and hangers-on-parasite crony-capitalists.

How's that? In retrospect, can you not see that the plane that went down in Shanksville would have done us more good had it hit the Capitol? 

That would have been a far less-worse event than what has been allowed to transpire in this great nation since 9/6/2001.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

The swamp has human shields how disgusting.

Rex Andrus's picture

Sad that going Sodom & Gomorrah on the the sorry capitol would only scratch the surface of the rot. Every state capitol is FUBAR. Every member of the bar must pay.

poeg's picture

So is this a "Be Afraid!!!" from Uncle Sam or a "We need to hire us some North Korean Engineers! NASA couldn't pull this one off with half the resources available in an episode of Junkyard Wars!"???

hutnela's picture

Conveniently, isis is dying while NK is becoming a greater threat... its almost as if it was PLANNED!

rejected's picture

Threat? Why,,, because it can now defend itself?

Americans easily forget how many nations they destroyed, how many people they killed but I can guarantee you other nations watching in horror won't forget.

IMO they're upping the NK threat to justify the installation of US offensive/defensive missile systems like they did on Russia's Western border saying it was to defend against Iranian missiles which still don't have the range.  That is why Putin broke out in laughter.

China especially needs to watch this closely. That THAAD system can cover much of China and Eastern Russia.

BeerMe's picture

They'll launch at D.C. and fall short in the middle of the country.  Damn.

historian40's picture

Not buying it.  How convenient, that just when the zionist empire's puppets in D.C. are stirring the pot for war with NK, now the Koreans suddenly have missile capability to supposedly strike anywhere in the US.  Bullshit.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

About to have capability - would support (ileagal) "prevetative war"

Have that capability - supports suing for peace.

What President really wants to risk a US city being nuked?

Don't worry we will flatten them. How does that play back home with one or more (or all of them with China Russia joining in) flattened or nuked US cities? Over DPRK? Seriously?

Jack Oliver's picture

ALL media 'releases' from the 'Pentagram' are complete BULLSHIT !

Their job is to ratchet up business for the MIC - EVERYONE is perfectly aware of this now !!

DennisR's picture

Kim Jong Un shouldn't be playing with nuclear missiles...

Get ready for it...

You'll shoot your eye out, Kim.

See what I did there??!! 

soyungato's picture

Please Mr.Kim, sir. There are two Washington in the US. One in the West coast where I live. We have nothing but cows and trees here. The other Washington is in the East coast where all the other animals like pigs, wolves and hyenas etc live. Please make sure your boys know it is the Esat coast one they should be aiming at. Thank you , God bles.

Berspankme's picture

Reach DC? A good start

TeethVillage88s's picture

Federal govt, Trump Admin, says oh it is a developmental 'nuclear missile program'... so stop talking about :

- help from China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Dubai, Marc Rich (American), Pincus (American), Bill Clinton who pardoned Marc Rich & Pincus of Glencore ...


Uncle Scam at it again. North Korea sends 1 fire cracker over and the US sends 1000 back. I don't think Kims that stupid.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

Uncle Sam isn't that stupid either. One US city nuked over DPRK is too much. DPRK has a defense now.

ShakenNotStirred's picture

DPRK has a defense now.

True. For the first 5 minutes.

rejected's picture

After millions die,,, the area uninhabitable for centuries and radiation clouds drifting over your home................... will it be worth saying "We won, We won!"

VZ58's picture

Not to worry. You're gonna die from climate change long before that. Isn't that what everyone keeps telling us all? 

King of Ruperts Land's picture

Mattis said a ground invasion would be required to secure all DPRK's nukes. That takes longer than 5 minutes and failed last time.

My point is that if the the USA vs DPRK war simulation shows the result will be:

North Korea - total annihilation
USA - 1 city center nuked.

Will a responsible President want to fight that war?
Would the USA people want to fight that war?

Why not agree to unconditional peace?

Snaffew's picture

If the US sends 1000 nukes to hit NK, then China, Russia and Japan will be overidden with massive fallout...they won't be happy.  time for them to take out the US if that happens---bye bye Miss American Pie!

Dilluminati's picture

The chi pet looking cocksucker won't fucking stop, the cocksucker just won't stop.

rejected's picture

So, you'd like him to stop, shut down his defenses so the indispensable demockracy can lybianate NK off the map?

The man is doing his job as leader of a nation and is determined not to go into the night quietly.

Will he be successful? Who knows.... But he's sure got the exceptional bully of the world worried.

I guess it's time for another US barks a lot naval exercise off their coast...

derryb's picture

NK a terrorist state now according to DT. Seems the only terror being spread is by those that tell us NK is now capable of defending itself. Quick, begin the draft, we need more cannon fodder. And I thought this is why we didn't vote for what's her name.

trailer park boys's picture

I took a double-take when I saw the headline. I thought it said 'It Can ONLY Reach Washington, DC" DAMN!

yellowsub's picture

Of course they know how their missiles technology is.  They supplied to them...