Published On: Wed, Jul 5th, 2017

Ballistic Missile of North Korea Capable of Reaching Alaska


Ballistic Missile of North KoreaThe US President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday, urging China to end the nonsense once and for all. The tweets were a result of the launch of ballistic missile of North Korea claiming to have a range as long as to reach Alaska.

The test came as the United States was preparing to mark its Independence Day on the Fourth of July. If the test as claimed represents the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), it would force a recalculation of the strategic threat posed by Pyongyang.

The North had contemplated to build such a rocket capable of delivering an atomic warhead to the continental United States, it was something that the US President vowed for that wouldn’t happen.

According to analysts the remote and poor country has made great progress in its missile capabilities, ever since the young leader Kim Jong-Un took over, he has overseen three nuclear tests and multiple rocket launches.

Trump also tweeted in response saying that the Korean leader has nothing better to do with his life.

However, there is still uncertainty about whether the North can miniaturize a nuclear weapon sufficiently to fit it onto a missile nose cone, or has mastered the technology needed for it to survive re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.

Tuesday’s launch, soon after the Seoul’s new leader Moon Jae-In and Trump discussed on risks from Pyongyang in their first summit, has been latest in the series of provocations that have intensified up situation.

Multiple sanctions have been implied upon Pyongyang by United Nations over its weapon programs. The sanctions were responded as that Pyongyang needs nuclear arms to defend itself against any foreign invasion.

According to a statement released by the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff the unidentified ballistic missile was fired from a site in North Phyongan province and landed in the East Sea, the Korean name for the Sea of Japan. It flew more than 930 kilometers.

US Pacific Command confirmed the test as a land-based, intermediate range missile that was in flight for 37 minutes. He added that the launch did not pose a threat to North America.

Japan said that it reached an altitude of more than 2,500 kilometers approximately on estimation.

Arms control specialist Jeffrey Lewis tweeted that it was an ICBM that could hit Anchorage not San Francisco, but still.

Union of Concerned Scientists’, David Wright wrote on the organization’s blog allthingsnuclear that the available figures implied that the missile could possibly reach a maximum range of 6,700 kilometers on a standard trajectory.

He added that the range would not be enough to reach the lower 48 states including the large islands of Hawaii but would definitely allow it to reach Alaska.

The defense ministry said that the device landed in the Sea of Japan within the country’s exclusive economic zone, waters extending 200 nautical miles from its coast.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was talking to the reporters and said that the launch clearly showed the growing threat. He told that US, Japan and South Korea will hold summit on the sidelines of this week’s G20 meeting on this issue. He also asked for President Xi Jinping and President Putin to take more constructive measures in this regard.

South Korea’s President Moon favors the North to bring it to the negotiation table and also supports sanctions. He strongly condemned what he called an irresponsible provocation.

In a meeting of South’s National Security Council, Moon said that North Korea’s nuclear missile programs threaten the lives of their people and security of their all countries as well.

South Korea’s security guarantor has more than 28,000 troops in the country to defend it from its Communist neighbor in Washington. The fears of conflict peaked earlier this year when Trump administration suggested that a military action was an option under consideration.

Rage can be seen in the United States due to the Otto Warmbier scenario, he was an American student detained in North Korea on a tourist trip around 18 months ago, he returned to his home in a coma in June and died days later.

Trump has been putting his high hopes on China to put pressure on Pyongyang, since China is a main diplomat ally of North Korea.

Trump declared that Beijing’s efforts had failed earlier last week, however following the launch he came back to the idea on Twitter saying that China would put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense forever. A former foreign policy adviser to Hillary Clinton warned against Trump’s comments saying that they were at risk undermining the credibility of both the US warning and its assurances to its allies in Seoul and Tokyo.

She also tweeted targeting Trump that picking a Twitter fight with a nuclear-armed dictator was not wise and it was not a reality show anymore.

Trump and China were get along well and meeting Xi at the US leader’s Florida resort in Florida in April has friendly tones involved. However, Trump approved a $1.3 billion arms sale to self-governing Taiwan that outraged Beijing.

A Chinese bank accused of laundering North Korean money was also imposed with sanctions by the US administration. They also spoke about freedom in semi-autonomous Hong Kong and placed the country on a list of world’s worst human trafficking offenders.

A researcher at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in the US, Shea Cotton said that the North Korean launch was timed well and deliberately with the anniversary of US declaration of independence.

He took to Twitter and said that it already was 4th of July in North Korea and he suspected that they were shooting some fireworks specifically because of that.

About the Author

- An enthusiast working in Dubai as an Assistant Operations Manager. Writing about Pakistan and the latest happenings, trends around the globe is my passion. A dreamer, learner and a major foodie.