Over the past few months, North Korea has tested a large number of missiles, several of them successfully, and has increased the amount of anti-American bluster that it puts out over the airwaves.
Now, the Hermit Kingdom is at it again. This time, the rogue nation appears to have singled out Alaska and Hawaii when talking about its allegedly immense missile capabilities, The Daily Caller reported, citing the independent, privately owned NK News.
NK News reported that the North Korean, government-run propaganda organ Rodong Sinmun had specified to U.S. sites as possible targets, according to the Daily Caller.
“Hawaii, where the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) is stationed, and Alaska,” where part of the U.S. missile shield is based, are in range of North Korea’s missiles,” Rodong Sinmun wrote on Sunday.
This is most likely just more propaganda talk from the North Korean government, but given their new missile capabilities, it doesn’t hurt to take this threat seriously.
The intercontinental ballistic missile that North Korea successfully tested on July 3 is believed to be capable of hitting Alaska, though many experts are not sure that it could also reach Hawaii.
Newsweek reported that North Korea also responded to comments that were made by CIA Director Mike Pompeo that implied that the United State would like to see Kim Jong Un removed from power.
“Should the U.S. dare to show even the slightest sign of attempt to remove our supreme leadership, we will strike a merciless blow at the heart of the U.S. with our powerful nuclear hammer, honed and hardened over time,” a foreign ministry spokesman said, according to Newseek.
CNN reported that North Korea may be prepping for another missile test, possibly as early as July 27. It is possible this could be another ICBM test, which could further complicate matters.
If North Korea perfects its ability to strike the United States mainland with a missile, that severely limits our options when it comes to dealing with the North Koreans.
The Trump administration needs to take action against North Korea now, before all of our options are gone and we have no choice but to live with a nuclear armed rogue state.
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