I think by now we all know North Korea has nuclear weapons, that is no secret. The “hermit kingdom”, as it is often called, is ironically very public about their arsenal of weapons, but little else.
Since February, North Korea have flexed their figurative nuclear muscles on 15 intense occasions, just to give the rest of the world a glimpse of their strength. Of these nuclear tests, a majority have worryingly been successful.
Earlier this year, North Korea fired a missile over Japan in their most brazen launch yet. At this point tensions were running extremely high, prompting US President Donald J. Trump to threaten to “totally destroy” the controversial country.
Despite warnings from Trump and the requested intervention of the United Nations, North Korea’s Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-Un continues to taunt the world with his weapons.
Whilst many conspiracy theorists believe the weapons to be fake, constructed of nothing more than cardboard and clever Photoshop edits, the world isn’t so sure. Now, experts are claiming that the North Korean missiles could have the power to reach New York, and potentially even further.
North Korea are known to possess a large quantity of “scud missiles,” which can travel up to 1,000 kilometers, meaning that South Korea and Osaka, Japan are at risk of falling victim to their range.
Meanwhile, the entire area of Japan as well as North East China, Eastern Mongolia and South East Russia are vulnerable to the medium range ballistic missiles. These missiles have a range of 2,000 kilometers and are particularly successful if any of North Korea’s previous tests are anything to go by, with only two out of nine tests failing.
If that wasn’t enough, North Korea have also reportedly been trying to launch missiles from submarines. Currently, these missiles only have a range of 1,200 kilometers, but they could potentially extend to 2,800 kilometers, which ensnares the Pacific area. However, only three of the six tests carried out on these missiles have been successful.
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