By Dr. Peter Brookes ~
The threat is deadly serious.
North Korea’s ominous launch of its first intercontinental ballistic missile on July Fourth means that Pyongyang can reach out and touch the continental United States in a mushroom-cloud sort of way.
According to North Korea’s KCNA news agency, the Hwasong-14 ballistic missile traveled only about 600 miles horizontally – but flew some 1,700 miles vertically, before splashing down in the Sea of Japan.
If the North Korean missile had been launched on a flatter trajectory to extend the distance traveled, the ICBM could have flown some 4,000 miles, according to David Wright, of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
That means that Alaska is within range of the Hwasong-14.
Plus, the new ICBM is a mobile missile, making it more difficult for an opponent to find and, therefore, more survivable in conflict than a system that would be launched from a…
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