Joint S. Korea and USA Military Drill Shows Off Firepower in Response to Nork ICBM Threat That Allegedly Puts the U.S. within Range

There has not been an issue concerning whether the North Koreans would continue to test missiles. They are going to keep on keeping on.

The true unknown is what the United States government is going to do about it.

One theory you may run across on the Internet has President Trump going to war with the North with General Mike Kelly, his new Chief of Staff, advising him.

It’s hard to see how a war on the North would not inflict major damage on the South.

There’s a lot that Trump can do short of war, as detailed in this CNN piece.

If we’re not being conned by the (((neocons))) the way we were conned about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, then economic and diplomatic pressure will surely be applied to the Communist regime.

The following story about yesterday’s missile test explains why Trump is concerned, along with others in the region.

Excerpt from the The Globe and Mail

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday the second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated his country can hit the U.S. mainland, hours after the launch left analysts concluding that a wide swath of the United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of North Korean weapons.

The Korean Central News Agency said that Kim expressed “great satisfaction” after the Hwasong-14 missile reached a maximum height of 3,725 kilometres and travelled 998 kilometres before accurately landing in waters off Japan. The agency said that the test was aimed at confirming the maximum range and other technical aspects of the missile it says was capable of delivering a “large-sized, heavy nuclear warhead.”

Analysts had estimated that the North’s first ICBM on July 4 could have reached Alaska, and said that the latest missile appeared to extend that range significantly.

Immediately after the launch, U.S. and South Korean forces conducted live-fire exercises. South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo called for the deployment of strategic U.S. military assets — which usually means stealth bombers and aircraft carriers — as well as additional launchers of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system.

Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the missile, launched late Friday night, flew for about 45 minutes — about five minutes longer than the first. The missile was launched on very high trajectory, which limited the distance it travelled, and landed west of Japan’s island of Hokkaido.

The KCNA quoted Kim as saying that the launch reaffirmed the reliability of the country’s ICBM system and an ability to fire at “random regions and locations at random times” with the “entire” U.S. mainland now within range. The agency said that the test confirmed important features of the missile system, such as the proper separation of the warhead and controlling its movement and detonation after atmospheric re-entry.

Kim said the launch sent a “serious warning” to the United States, which has been “meaninglessly blowing its trumpet” with threats of war and stronger sanctions, the KCNA said.

The North Korean flight data was similar to assessments by the United States, South Korea and Japan.

David Wright, a physicist and co-director of the global security program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said that if reports of the missile’s maximum altitude and flight time are correct, it would have a theoretical range of at least 10,400 kilometres (about 6,500 miles). That means it could have reached Los Angeles, Denver or Chicago, depending on variables such as the size and weight of the warhead that would be carried atop such a missile in an actual attack.

President Donald Trump issued a statement condemning the missile test as a threat to the world, and rejecting North Korea’s claim that nuclear weapons ensure its security. “In reality, they have the opposite effect,” he said.

Trump said the weapons and tests “further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people.” He vowed to “take all necessary steps” to ensure the security of the U.S. and its allies.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said he told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call that the second missile test greatly increased the threat from Pyongyang. He said two sides agreed to consider all means necessary to exert the utmost pressure on North Korea. They reiterated calls for new sanctions and to work closely together with South Korea along with efforts by China and Russia.

China, meanwhile, urged its ally North Korea to abide by U.N. Security Council resolutions and halt any moves that could escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Washington and its allies have watched with growing concern as Pyongyang has made significant progress toward its goal of having all of the U.S. within range of its missiles to counter what it labels as U.S. aggression. There are other hurdles, including building nuclear warheads to fit on those missiles and ensuring reliability. But many analysts have been surprised by how quickly leader Kim Jong Un has developed North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs despite several rounds of U.N. Security Council sanctions that have squeezed the impoverished country’s economy.

Trump has said he will not allow North Korea to obtain an ICBM that can deliver a nuclear warhead. But this week, the Defence Intelligence Agency reportedly concluded that the North will have a reliable ICBM capable of carrying a nuclear weapon as early as next year, in an assessment that trimmed two years from the agency’s earlier estimate.

Read more about the live fire drill aimed at intimidating the North at Sky News.

13 thoughts on “Joint S. Korea and USA Military Drill Shows Off Firepower in Response to Nork ICBM Threat That Allegedly Puts the U.S. within Range

  1. http://buchanan.org/blog/americas-wars-just-moral-127383

    “live fire drill aimed at intimidating the North”.

    This reminds me of two boys shaping up for a fight at school. Nobody tries to stop them, all the other boys want the fight to go ahead, and it does because neither boy wants to be called “chicken”. Even the Nips would be pleased if Kim dropped an A-Bomb on Los Angeles, actually a lot of people around the world woudl be glad to see Hollywood radiated to dust, goodbye to Sodom. Then, the return bombs on North Korea are about as upsetting as the death toll in Palestine. With both North Koreans and Palestinians – almost nobody in other countries care about them. It is always OK to kill millions of local civilians to remove a dictator, like Saddam, Gaddafi, Bashar Assad, Kim….Putin or Chinas leader? The world needs more democracy – like Dubya Bush, Obummer, McCain, Netanyahoo and Jarred.

    Kim has the right idea to target the USA directly. The USA might not care at all if Tokyo or Seoul got the shit blown out of it. Not officially of course.

    • According to Jim Stone, things are as ugly or uglier than ever at Fukushima. A nice little false flag to be blamed on the Norks would solve a few problems and kick off a nice, shiny, brand spankin new war.

    • From Pat’s column:
      “Those to whom evil is done/Do evil in return,” wrote W. H. Auden in “September 1, 1939.”

      I wonder how much of Pat has Trump read. He seems to have been highly critical of the mess Pat writes about while simultaneously wanting to jack up the American military in size and scope.

  2. It all depends on what China will do. They don’t even have to fire a shot because they own so much US debt they could implode the us economy easily. That’s cheaper and easier than a war.

  3. Losing Los Angeles not a bad thing.

    It’s pretty obvious NK’s rapid escalation is a direct result of Trump’s threats.

    A bunch of B-2’s in the wee hours of the morning obliterating NK’s missile bases before it has a chance to send one to SK, Japan or anywhere else. Then the nuclear facilities. Voila! Problem gone! Any nuclear fallout on surrounding countries is their problem since they sat on their fat backsides doing nothing while Kimmy was playing with nuclear toys.

    Of course, nothing will be done on our end except more threats and measly sanctions that did nothing to stop Kimmy in the past.

    • The problem is that the missiles are mounted on trucks that are constantly moving around. I don’t think the US knows where they are. Kim could use conventional artillery to destroy Seoul if we hit him with air strikes. Assassinating him might be the easiest course of action. I assume he knows that.

      • Do you think Kim calls all the shots? I think he’s merely a puppet. If he goes, someone else steps in. There’s probably quite a few waiting.

        Satellites can spot trucks except if they’re covered, hidden, but they would have to come out into the open to send the missile or would they?

        I see an underground missile station covered by some kind of undetectable roof. The roof opens and the missile is launched making it very difficult to detect. Depending on the missile, about 20 feet long, that’s a possibility, but it’s just my imagination working overtime. I know nothing about missiles.

        Being hidden is a negative for B-2’s, unless the planes have access to satellite locations? Certainly someone does. Are the B-2’s and pilots agile and fast enough when trucks with missiles suddenly come out of hiding before they are launched? But, not to worry too much, our anti-ballistic missiles have been pretty successful.

        The only other thing that would bring them to their knees is to get all countries involved in trade with NK to stop. I see that an impossibility.

        China with 90% of NK’s trade is the biggest problem, India next. Even France and Germany trade with NK, but it’s about 0.3%. Unless China cooperates; which it promised and isn’t, using military might is the only answer.

        Trump implied he’d punish China if they didn’t cooperate. Let’s see if he does.

        Finally, does Kimmy want a nuclear bomb in retaliation landing at his front door?

      • Right, Kim is most likely a puppet, but whose puppet? China’s? Trump seems to suggest that’s the case:

        From what I read on the BBC the trucks can be set up to launch a missile within a short period of time. These things appear to be small relative to the rockets that used to launch the American astronauts into space.

        One issue I never see discussed is whether to believe what the intel people are saying about Nork. I’ve seen some stories that say Kim is getting his knowledge from Iran. So, is some of this another ploy to attack Iran?

        We elected Trump because he was a skeptic about what the public was being told, about Iraq for example. I hope he remains a skeptic.

      • I’m certainly no nuclear physicist, but is it all plausible that a nuclear ICBM capable of reaching America’s mainland could be launched off the back of a truck?

    • Re delivering nuclear bombs after ones own country has been obliterated, or exploding bombs already installed in the enemy nation. There is more than one way to skin a cat. Also the target does not matter a great deal, as long as lots of innocent civilians are killed.
      It is like a cornered rat. A cat or Jack Russell knows that such a rat will always fight – even though it has no chance of winning. So the bigger animal often takes painful bites, which in addition may be infectious.

      The movie “Dr Strangelove” postulated the idea that the Soviets invented and installed the “Doomsday Bomb” which will obliterate most life on the world if the Soviet Union is attacked with H Bombs. They delayed the public announcement due to their leaders birthday or some such. So when General Jack D. Ripper started WWIII on his own delusions about bodily fluids, humanity was about to be wiped out. Captain “Bat’ Guano, General “Buck” Turgidson, President Merkin Muffley, Major “King” Kong.

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