What Would Happen in the Minutes and Hours After North Korea Nuked the United States? – VICE
Not that they would, but it’s good to game these things out.
If you weren’t paying attention to North Korea throughout 2016—a year when major nuclear powers like Russia, the US, the UK, and China were all competing for the geopolitical spotlight by doing crazy shit—it was easy to forget that the hermit kingdom keeps on threatening to nuke its enemies.
And maybe you’ve been hearing that threat for so long that it sounds like empty bluster, but North Korea has also been working hard in 2016 to manufacture and test the related technologies that prove that its threats are credible, especially the very impressive Kwangmyongsong intercontinental ballistic missile. A missile that, in February, we found out is capable of hitting Los Angeles.
Recent analysis suggests that in 2020, North Korea will have a “reliable” nuclear armed missile that could hit US soil. But according to Rodger Baker, lead North Korea analyst at the Austin, Texas-based military intelligence firm Stratfor, it’s not a question of when their missiles become reliable. “They’re probably now capable of striking the United States,” he said, and added that analysts within the US military are now “operating under the assumption that North Korea has the capability, even if it’s not fully demonstrated.”
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