While the media obsesses about the sh*tshow the presidential primary has become — largely thanks to the media themselves — North Korea has taken one huge step closer to launching the sh*tshow to end them all.
The Pentagon has just disclosed North Korea has quickly developed a new long-range intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach Chicago with a nuclear warhead.
North Korea has developed a new long-range mobile intercontinental ballistic missile that the Pentagon says moves the country’s leader Kim Jong Un closer to the goal of building missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland with nuclear warheads.
The new missile is called the KN-14 by the Pentagon and is a longer-range variant of the KN-08 road-mobile ICBM first made public in 2012.“From the far northern corner of North Korea, [6,300-mile] range is sufficient for the KN-14 potentially to reach Chicago and Toronto,” Fisher said. “It may be a stretch to fulfill North Korea’s recent propaganda video called ‘Last Chance’ depicting a nuclear strike on Washington, D.C.”
Fisher, however, said the rapid development of the KN-14 from the KN-08 indicated Pyongyang could be capable of building even larger missile variants that would have sufficient range to strike Washington.
While the new missile has not been flight tested, defense officials say it has been tested in all other aspects of development. And we can be sure the belligerent state’s “rapid development” of nuclear capabilities will not stop there.
It’s believed China has contributed significantly to North Korea’s nuclear capabilities, though the Obama administration has not taken any action against China for its role. In fact, the administration recently praised China for nuclear security cooperation — praise experts say was misplaced.
In addition to providing North Korea with road-mobile nuclear missile launchers, similar Chinese-made, 16-wheel missile launchers were recently shown in news reports carrying Pakistan’s Shaheen III medium-range ballistic missiles.
Confirmation of the new long-range ICBM comes as world leaders arrive in Washington this week for a nuclear security summit focusing mainly on the threat of nuclear terrorism.
Indeed, Chinese leader Xi JinPing will attend the summit and meet with President Obama today.
Think our president will get tough on this issue? Since Obama’s made it clear that his version of “tough” on nuclear proliferation means relieving sanctions and giving belligerents access to billions of dollars, perhaps that’s exactly what China and North Korea are angling for.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]