North Korea: Good news, bad news

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If you weren’t already convinced that North Korea is a threat that needs to be squashed as soon as possible, perhaps the latest news about their missile capabilities will shift your perspective a bit.

According to analysts, North Korea has the ability to fire a missile that could reach the United States, but lacks “effective re-entry.”

Yeah. Still not comforting.

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Fox News reports:

North Korea may have finally developed a missile capable of hitting the U.S., but whether it can do any actual damage is open for debate, according to some analysts.

U.S. and South Korean experts said Tuesday that Japanese video footage capturing the Hwasong-14’s re-entry vehicle shortly before it crashed into the sea suggests it failed to survive the extreme heat and pressure after re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere following its launch from northern North Korea last week.

The apparent failure likely means the rogue regime will conduct more flight tests of the Hwasong-14 missile to ensure the warhead could survive the re-entry from space and hit its intended target.

North Korea isn’t the only country testing out ICBM capabilities, as the U.S. military is also working on a test launch from California.

According to NBC News:

The U.S. military is poised to test launch an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from California early Wednesday morning — just days after North Korea’s second test of an ICBM.

The 576th Flight Test Squadron will conduct the test between 12:01 a.m. and 6:01 a.m. PT from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command has tested 299 Minuteman III ICBMs over the program’s history. In a statement, the command said the test launch program is meant “to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system.”

Last week, North Korea tested an ICBM for the second time. The missile flew for 45 minutes and traveled more than 1,000 kilometers laterally. U.S. officials believe the missile broke up upon re-entering the atmosphere.

It certainly seems things are heating up exponentially, which makes you wonder how long it will be before some sort of conflict erupts between America and North Korea, because at this rate, it seems eminent.

Let’s hope the Trump administration takes the appropriate measures to squash the threat and hopefully prevent war.

[NOTE: This article was written by Michael Cantrell. Follow him on Twitter @MCantrell0928 and on Facebook]

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