Can North Korea Actually Hit the United States With a Nuclear Weapon?

Range of North Korea’s missile tests July 2017 United States May 2017 1990 1984 North Korea Guam Range of North Korea’s missile tests July 2017 United States May 2017 1990 1984 North Korea Guam Source: Center for Strategic and International StudiesA vehicle that can survive re-entryA crude version by next year, if not already. Stage 2 RE-ENTRY INTO THE ATMOSPHERE RUSSIA CANADA Stage 1 UNITED STATES Launch PACIFIC OCEAN Target JAPAN CHINA NORTH KOREA Stage 2 RE-ENTRY INTO THE ATMOSPHERE RUSSIA CANADA Stage 1 UNITED STATES Launch JAPAN Target NORTH KOREA PACIFIC OCEAN CHINA RE-ENTRY INTO THE ATMOSPHERE Stage 2 RUSSIA CANADA Stage 1 Launch Target UNITED STATES PACIFIC OCEAN NORTH KOREA RE-ENTRY INTO THE ATMOSPHERE Stage 2 CANADA RUSSIA Stage 1 Target Launch PACIFIC OCEAN UNITED STATES NORTH KOREAThe forces at work are enormous. DIRECTION OF TRAVEL Schematic diagram of the re-entry vehicle Bomb Atmospeheric forces and intense heat affect the re-entry vehicle DIRECTION OF TRAVEL Schematic diagram of the re-entry vehicle Bomb Atmospeheric forces and intense heat affect the re-entry vehicle DIRECTION OF TRAVEL Schematic diagram of the re-entry vehicle Bomb Atmospeheric forces and intense heat affect the re-entry vehicle DIRECTION OF TRAVEL Schematic diagram of the re-entry vehicle Bomb Atmospeheric forces and intense heat affect the re-entry vehicle DIRECTION OF TRAVEL Schematic diagram of the re-entry vehicle Bomb Atmospeheric forces and intense heat affect the re-entry vehicleOne trick of designers is to coat the reentry vehicle with thick materials that burn off evenly, making an ablative shield that sends dangerous heat into the wake. North Korea recently displayed a missile warhead that boasted fins, implying an interest in such evasions. How will we know when the North Koreans have truly attained the ability to threaten the United States?

August 22, 2017 09:00 UTC


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