Ash Carter, outgoing US Secretary of Defence, says the United States can shoot down any North Korean ICBM launched towards America or its allies.
The statement comes as North Korea is moving closer towards possessing the capability to deliver a nuclear warhead to distant targets around the globe, prompting increased concern about the communist state’s military intentions.
The US has analyzed North Korea’s nuclear capabilities and has found them to improving.
That improvement is shown in the rhetorical confidence of the North Korean regime. Regarding their capability, the regime said, “The ICBM will be launched anytime and anywhere determined by the supreme headquarters of the DPRK.”
North Korea was once considered only a regional threat – particularly to South Korea. Even North Korea’s previously limited and rudimentary nuclear capability gave the regime the power to destroy the South Korean Capital of Seoul.
But now, an ICBM could put the continental United States, and Canada, in addition to numerous other nations within range of a North Korean nuclear strike.
For a country led by an opaque, cult-like figure in Kim Jong-Un, the prospect of that nation having the power to bring nuclear war to the globe is deeply concerning.
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It has been reported that President Obama emphasized the danger of North Korea to President-Elect Trump, putting it near (if not at) the top of the global concerns a new administration would face.
So, as Ash Carter and the Obama administration prepare to leave, they are sending a message to North Korea, designed to dissuade any further provocations from the communist regime. Further, Carter’s statements will be meant to reassure America’s allies.
Whether it will work remains to be seen. North Korea was a problem when George W. Bush was President, they were a problem throughout Barack Obama’s entire term, and now the problem is passed on unresolved to Donald Trump.
When it comes to North Korea, it seems the more things change, the more they stay the same.
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