Miles off the Korean peninsula and thousands of feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, there is a high probability that secrets of North Korea’s asinine nuclear missile program are scattered over the seafloor.
If the United States or South Korea were interested in finding the wreckage of three missiles that failed after they were launched over the past month, some weapons experts say, it could provide insights into the military mysteries of an extremely aggressive nation which has been closed to outside scrutiny for many years now.
The U.S. Strategic Command tracked the three missile launches in the month of April, allegedly after tracking the missiles on U.S. early warning satellites and radar systems that monitor the Pacific. The U.S. Strategic Command recently announced that the three missiles did not pose a threat to the U.S.
However, the U.S. Strategic Command’s announcement does not adequately address the capabilities of North Korea’s nuclear program.
North Korea’s recent missile tests have tested missiles that are capable of a range of up to 2,000 miles, easily encompassing Japan, South Korea and a broad swath of China, and it is working on a missile that could reach more than 3,400 miles — enough to strike Alaska.
Additionally, according to 38North.org, a website affiliated with Johns Hopkins University that studies North Korea, reported in April that three medium range missiles with an estimated range of 800-1000 miles, designed similar to Soviet R-27 missiles, have been successfully launched by North Korean submarines over the past two months.
For some asinine reason, most likely to divert the American public’s attention from North Korea’s imminent threat of starting a nuclear war, the American media is reporting that U.S. experts are trying to determine how much progress the North Koreans have made in recent years in developing long-range missiles that are accurate and reliable, along with miniaturizing powerful nuclear weapons that the missiles can carry.
There is no doubt that both the Pentagon and U.S. Intelligence communities know exactly how far the North Korean’s nuclear program has advanced. It is not a secret to the world and or the majority of the American public, that the North Korean’s military cyber-attack division, known as Bureau 121 and Chinese hackers, have been stealing U.S. weapons technology for several years now.
North Korea, recently tested a new solid rocket motor, cloned from a stolen U.S. missile design that U.S. ICBMs since the early 1960s, have used. The motor developed an estimated 15 to 20 tons of thrust and burned for about one minute, marking a threefold advance over North Korea’s existing small motors, said John Schilling, an analyst at 38North.org,
The motor would be an important incremental step toward an eventual multistage long-range missile, Schilling wrote recently. Although there has been misinformation promulgated by many media sources about how long it will take for North Korea to develop a multistage missile, the reality is that North Korea already has a multistage missile either manufactured by them from U.S. ICBM blue prints and schematics and or provided by China and or the former USSR.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-U, recently had military personnel at a site where a rocket was tested, inscribe a message on a wall in black and red paint, stating that:
“To the American empire and the [South Korea President] Park Geun-hye party, a merciless bolt of lightning!”
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was photographed before the test in front of the moronic writing, sporting a fur hat, a long double-breasted coat and a broad grin. It was one of several recent appearances Kim has made at military sites and defense plants with modern, computer-controlled equipment in the background.
In February of this year, Kim announced that North Korea had detonated a hydrogen bomb, a claim that was no surprise to U.S. officials. The detonation was detected by U.S. seismic instruments, however due to recent budget cuts which have left the U.S. with failing and or obsolete seismic equipment, the bombs explosive yield could not accurately be determined.
North Korea has steadily built its own base of missile technology, allowing it to launch a satellite into orbit in 2012 and in January of this year. A Defense Department report to Congress last year described nine major North Korean ballistic missiles, including three versions of old Soviet Scuds that represent its largest force.
The Scud, used by Iraq to terrorize Israel during the Persian Gulf War, has a range of up to 600 miles, long enough to reach anywhere in South Korea and most of Japan.
The same missile with a subpar manufactured nuclear device, could be launched by a undetected submarine, up to 600 miles off the coast of the U.S., irradiating the east or west coast of the United States.
The three missile tests in the last month have involved a North Korean missile known as the Musudan, apparently named after a cape on the northeastern corner of the Korean peninsula.
The U.S. Defense Department describes the Musudan as a system capable of a range of 2,000 miles. It can be based on a mobile launcher, making it unpredictable and difficult to attack.
Michael Elleman, a former U.S. missile engineer and now an analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Washington, said the missile looks similar to the old Soviet R-27 medium-range missile.
If it is an R-27-type missile, it represents a significant advance for the North Korean nuclear weapons program, because the propellant tanks are made with an etching process that makes them strong and lightweight.
When North Korea decides to use one or more of their Musudan missiles, they have enough range to attack Guam, a U.S. territory about 2,000 miles to the south with more than 100,000 American citizens and a major Pacific operating base, Schilling noted.
Existing North Korean missiles are falsely claimed by U.S. media sources as grossly inaccurate by U.S. standards. Said media inaccurately claims that about half of North Korea’s Scud missiles would fall more than a mile from their targets.
In all due consideration, North Korea like China, does not engineer and or design anything on their own. They are knock-off artists. Considering the fact that North Korea has stolen U.S. ICBM and nuclear weapons technology from the US, there is no doubt that their missiles and weapons would be any less accurate than current U.S. nuclear weapons.
North Korea has conducted four unauthorized nuclear tests since 2006, though U.S. officials false claim to be uncertain about North Korea’s level of sophistication. Adm. Harry Harris Jr., who heads the U.S. Pacific Command, told the Senate that he is “100% convinced” that North Korea detonated an H-bomb, and that its existing nuclear capability represents a global threat that should not be ignored.
Admiral Harris’ statement confirms the fact that North Korea has already achieved the ability to mount a nuclear weapon on one of its missiles. There is no doubt that U.S. commanders are taking North Korea’s threats more seriously now that the range and accuracy of North Korean nuclear missiles are a verified threat to hard military targets, such as U.S. ICBM silos about 6,000 miles away.
North Korea is now building a three-stage missile, dubbed the Hwasong-13 or KN-08. The system has an estimated range of more than 3,400 miles, roughly the distance from North Korea to Anchorage, making it a legitimate intercontinental ballistic missile, according to the Pentagon report to Congress.
Wreckage of a Taepodong-2 missile, the system used to launch satellites, was retrieved from the Pacific in February, according to the South Korean Defense Ministry. The same type of retrieval is now being conducted for the Musudan wreckage.
Beyond the questions about North Korea’s technological achievements, top U.S. military officials acknowledge they don’t really know what makes Kim tick and exactly what policies will limit his threatening ambitions.
Asked whether he would suggest using military force to stop a nuclear missile capability, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, chief of U.S. forces in South Korea, told the Senate Armed Services Committee in late February, “If military force was necessary — yes, sir.” Scaparrotti did not elaborate.
The U.S. based tactical nuclear missiles in South Korea for decades until the U.S. asininely removed them in the 1970s. There are questions about the whereabouts of several of the missiles that were removed, but strong evidence suggests that they were most likely sold to the former North Korean military.
Over the weekend, Kim said in a speech to the Workers’ Party Congress that he intended to fire nuclear missiles at New York before the end of this year. Kim Jung Un recently released a controversial apocalypse themed video showing an animation of a North Korean nuclear missile landing in New York city.
North Korea’s ambition to develop a nuclear missile dates in part to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, when the Soviet Union backed down in a confrontation with the United States, and Kim’s grandfather decided he could not rely on an outside power to guarantee North Korean security, said James Person, a historian on North Korea at the Wilson Center, a think tank in Washington.
The North Koreans are more accurately described as “anticolonial nationalists” than true Marxists, Person said, meaning they distrust China and Russia almost as much as they do the U.S. and South Korea. Their goal ultimately is to protect the Kim family’s hold on power and the patronage system it provides to senior officials.
The system the Kim family has built relies on a large military industrial complex that dominates the struggling economy, which ranks with Haiti and Rwanda in terms of per capita output, according to the Central Intelligence Agency’s rankings.
The country has run a shadowy arms trade that accounts for most of its exports, sending artillery and rocket systems to nations in Africa and the Middle East. For several years now, North Korea has traded missile technology with Pakistan, Syria, China and Russia, accounting for some of the designs of its existing operational missiles.
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The existing North Korean missile threat has prompted deployment of an extensive network of ground- and sea-based radars and defensive missiles by U.S. and Japanese forces around Japan in recent years.
A similar network inadequately protects South Korea, and U.S. military officials are discussing the possible deployment of an even more capable high-altitude missile defense network, prompting protests by China.
The current threat of the U.S. deploying a high-altitude missile defense system to protect South Korea is an asinine threat by the Obama administration to Chinese leaders that Obama hopes would rein in Kim Jong Un.
The Chinese protests illustrate one of the ultimate risks of the North Korean missile program. It is not the probability that North Korea would launch a suicidal nuclear attack, but that its growing power will destabilize East Asia, said John Pike, a defense analyst at GlobalSecurity.org.
Additionally, Pike commented that Japan could feel so threatened that it develops its own nuclear weapons.
“The Chinese will go nuts if Japan develops a nuke,” Pike said.