"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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rejected's picture

Yea,,, every time another country demonstrates some technical achievement, the technology was stolen from the US or the US gave it to them. 

Sorry dude,,, The US stopped its technical achievements years ago. Today it hitches a ride with its dire enemy (Russia) just to get to the ISS. Has to use Russian rocket engines to lift off its Atlas V.

Go take a gander at Wally World. Do those people walking around in their pajamas or riding electric carts with fat rolls dragging the floor look like high technical types?

raybies's picture

And you bunch of hill billy rednecks stole it from zee Germans, and even now you attract scientific talent by having an open and liberal society... where's that going?

ludwigvmises's picture

Trump said 3 months ago "We're taking care of it". So now Korea can nuke us, what exactly did Trump's Neocons take care of?

ClickNLook's picture

So, the Earth is not flat, that other dude's launch is redundunt now.

Shed Boy's picture

Hit Washington DC?....works for me.

KekistanisUnite's picture

Call me skeptical, but I'm not sure I take the word of the Pentagon and military industrial complex. On pretty much anything.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

Here is how to tell the truth for yourself. If North Korea gets attacked and harmed then the nukes were fake. If North Korea doen't get attacked the nukes are real.

Juliette's picture

Good for North Korea!

cherry picker's picture

Yeah and Saddam could cause massive havoc in the USA within 45 minutes if I recall correctly.

Good for NK.  Somebody has to rein in the USA, it just doesn't follow rules, laws or respect sovereign countries.

theblackswancommeth's picture

Kim won. Trump's spine is made of Asian noodles. Game over. Proof if you are armed well enough and resolved to stay that way nobody will fuck with you.

Neochrome's picture

"Nasa’s International Space Station"

It is fundamentally Russia's International Space Station. 

Aristofani's picture

And it's the WMD cha cha cha, all over again. Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiittttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt!

Norfry's picture

Could be a feint. It's that hydrogen bomb carrying cruise missile fired from an innocent looking Korean junk sail boat off the Eastern seaboard that's got the Pentagon war gamers looking bedraggled and hooked on sedatives. Calm down guys. It come's with the game. All's fair in love and nuclear squabbles. 

mo mule's picture

If it had a real warhead it could only reach Missouri.. The Dems are probably for it now. Take out all those Repub's in the fly over center of country?  lol

Itchy and Scratchy's picture

Please hit DC. Please hit DC. Please hit DC.


Even better if it was one that Clinton sold him! 

raybies's picture

aaahhh, poor yanki doodles can't intimidate the North Koreans anymore... Kim just call Trump's bluff... ha ha.

Mylifedependsonit's picture

That is true, be we sure the fuck can incinerate them.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Draco Malfoy -everyone knows you from Harry Potter books

duck dodgers's picture

For the love of god please nuke DC.

mo mule's picture

Maybe it's time to stop practicing bombing NK. and do the real thing this weekend, or is that thinkiing to far ahead?  Pray they can back off now.

We should back off and just pay them the money. Get Yellen to run some of that free money off the printing press tonight and email it straingt away.  Your f..k Trump, game over, you sat on hands to long, or maybe not, Kim doesn't want a nuke war, nor does Putin or anyone else, well the US MIC does but they don't count, hopefully?  lol

motoXdude's picture

Just think of all the foot-long and longer parasites it would eliminate in (and including) the population!   It's humanitarian!   Love Bombs!

Atomizer's picture

Ask CFR about Operation Teapot. We blew shit up in Nevada. NK is launching without any payload. No different than Elon Musk launching a test rocket. This a three part. Go back to Operation Cue in 1955. Media propaganda. When this fizzles out, it will be Iran again. 

Atomic Test Film: "Operation Teapot " pt2-3 1955 USAF - YouTube

Shhh's picture

Not long ago Australia sided with US in threats against DPRK .DPRK threatened to annihilate them .....The Aussies thought they were out of range. The local countries will ask whose side are you on ? Eventually they must say ....not USA Not DPRK ....we are out only for our own interest . 

Shhh's picture

Not long ago Australia sided with US in threats against DPRK .DPRK threatened to annihilate them .....The Aussies thought they were out of range. The local countries will ask whose side are you on ? Eventually they must say ....not USA Not DPRK ....we are out only for our own interest . 

Dorado's picture

Well, we could do without DC

TheLastTrump's picture

All the paid shills, true believers and their sock puppets are coming out on this one tonight.

What a bunch of ignorant inbred retardo Montalbans.

I'm beginning to understand why 75% of liberals believe that gender is not fixed at birth.

Yes, you faux libertarians are liberals. Many of your platforms line up precisely with Obama's. Go fuck yourselves.


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VZ58's picture

You are the only one that cares about this sh*t.  Have you not figured that out yet? Everyone is jerking your chain Trumpster!

marcusfenix's picture

Interestingly I was watching some of the coverage out of Japan on this latest event and their news is reporting that the JSDF tracked three separate objects falling back to earth after reentry. 

Now of course this could just mean that the rocket broke up into three separate pieces which is probably the most likely explanation,  however it could also mean that not only can kim launch an ICBM at night from a mobile launcher but now that ICBM may also come complete with a MIRV. 

I noticed that our media hasn't mentioned this part at all so most likely it was just the rocket breaking up cause I seriously doubt they would pass up on the opportunity to hit us with the NK war drums doom porn MIRV edition. 

Still it does make one wonder did thUkrainian's sell NK more than just engines? Maybe they threw in a few multiple reentry vehicles, you know just to sweeten the deal.

bullybear's picture

Hey, let's be the "bigger man" by letting these fuckers bulid 20 or 30 of them in the next 30 day hiatus of "hostilities". Have we learned nothing from history?

Blue Dog's picture

I don't buy the idea that NK's missiles could hit the US mainland. It landed off Japan. That doesn't prove it could hit the US.

Mylifedependsonit's picture

A lofted trajectory, with an altitude of 4500 km, well, do the math if it is lowered.

Vageling's picture

BS. These guys [Norks] are still trying to figure it out. And yes, they seem to have made progress. But this IS rocket science. The whole pantygone is having their panties twisted.

Maybe send 5 carriers? LMAO! 

Yen Cross's picture

 Wouldn't this article be rendered "moot" if there was some sort of "PUBLIC" over sight? 

  I don' t mean to be redundant.

motoXdude's picture

Who heads the Department of Redundancy Department?

CRM114's picture

Well, there's the Chair, a Deputy Chair, a Co-Assistant Chair, a Reserve Substitute Chair With Special Responsibility For Disabled Alien Lesbians Of Color, a Footstool (don't know how that got in there), 14 Co-Deputy-Alternative Chairs, and a Chesterfield (I think that's the Canadian exchange member).........

motoXdude's picture

But can they actually dig a ditch or plug a dyke?

stormsailor's picture

plug a dyke, omg, shelter spaces everyone,  thats like breaking at least 4 statutes of the pc code

motoXdude's picture

Anywhere in the US is fine with me as long as it's either:  A)  Washington, DC; or B)  Sacramento, CA!   A larger hole caused by the impact and dropped warhead would accelerate the "draining" of either swamp!   I doubt that "glowing" lobbyists would find much work afterwards, too... Bring it ON, NK!

BrokeMiner's picture

dow up at least 1000 on this news right?

bshirley1968's picture

Blah, blah, blah....who gives a shit.

You would think this is the 1950's and this is something new. How many nukes do China, Russia, and Pakistan have that could reach DC? Big deal.

Everybody! Run for your lives! And for God's sake, go buy something!

What a frickin joke.

any_mouse's picture

"North Korea can basically threaten everywhere in the world."

DPRK is responding basically to threats from USA (and global bankers).

The World ex-Japan can ignore DPRK.

TheLastTrump's picture

What a bunch of fucking lying bullshit.

The Norks have been provoking everyone in the region and even their own buddy & progenitor, China, is pissed at them.

Per a decades long habit of provoke, get free US food, stop provoking.

That was a fucking anti American shill narrative statement you dribbled out of your pie hole.

Fuck you punk.

shovelhead's picture

Got my LL Bean down comforter just in time for nuclear winter.

What luck.

ItsAllBollocks's picture

... if only it really would reach Washington (sigh)