North Korean Missile Program Isn’t New Threat
Despite the parade and various verbal threats, most Americans aren’t really familiar with North Korea’s missile program. Between the facts and fiction, we do know that they’ve grown their capabilities a great deal in the last year.
There is, however, a misconception that this is a new program, is set to destroy America. They didn’t just start making missiles to attack us. North Korea has had a program for years.
What To Know About North Korean Missile Program
Defense Specialist Allison Barrie reports:
“We’ve seen an uptake. Last year, they had a very strong momentum of testing ballistic missiles. There were about 24 last year. This year, we’re only a few months in 2017 and already, they’ve sent up seven. Now, are all of these successful? No, [but] it does seem like they are on a trajectory of building more and more advanced missiles that will go farther and farther, getting closer to the United States.”
“There’s lots of evidence to suggest they’re working on more advanced systems, meaning they’d be moving on to intercontinental missiles. That’s when people start getting uncomfortable and concerned. That’s something that could be launched from North Korea and make it to the mainland of the United States.”
North Korea Plans Weekly Missile Tests
The BBC reports:
“We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol told the BBC’s John Sudworth. He said that an “all-out war” would result if the US took military action. Earlier, US Vice-President Mike Pence warned North Korea not to test the US. He said his country’s “era of strategic patience” with North Korea was over.”
“Mr. Pence arrived in Seoul on Sunday hours after Pyongyang carried out a failed missile launch. On Tuesday, while visiting Tokyo, he called the North Korea regime “the most ominous threat” to the region. He reiterated that while the US and allies would exert economic pressure, “all options are on the table” in dealing with Pyongyang. Tensions have been escalating on the peninsula, with heated rhetoric from both North Korea and the US.”