NORTH KOREA: HOW BIG A THREAT?

Here are the mechanics of a the­o­ret­i­cal nu­clear ICBM at­tack.

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - How Your World Works - BY J OE PAPPAL ARDO

NORTH KOREAN DIC­TA­TOR Kim Jong-un can launch a short-range mis­sile with a nu­clear war­head, but the United States re­mains at a rel­a­tively safe dis­tance. For now. North Korea en­joyed sev­eral mile­stones on the way to a nu­clear in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile in 2016, in­clud­ing a war­head test and the suc­cess­ful launch of a satel­lite. Ac­cord­ing to John Schilling, an aero­space en­gi­neer and con­sul­tant to the North Korea-mon­i­tor­ing web­site 38 North, Kim could achieve “ini­tial op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity in late 2021”. Which, when you’re deal­ing with a ma­niac, is much closer than its en­e­mies would like it to be.

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