Even Precise US Strike Would Prompt North Korean Retaliation

Even Precise US Strike Would Prompt North Korean Retaliation

Even Precise US Strike Would Prompt North Korean Retaliation

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States", President Trump told reporters Tuesday. Bombs land on places believed to hide long-range missiles deep below the earth.

Since North Korea is an isolated country, there is no exact number of nuclear weapons available, but estimates from experts.

"A worst case, involving the operation of the Experimental Light Water Reactor (ELWR) at Yongbyon, is that it would have up to 60 nuclear weapons by the end of 2020", David Albright of ISIS wrote in August 2017.

The U.S. has an estimated 6,800 nuclear warheads, according to the Federation of American Scientists.

Personally, I have not heard anything quite like this since the early 1980's, during the Reagan administration, when the threat of nuclear war between the United States and USSR was at a peak. You can probably guess who North Korea considers the enemy. ‘Fraid so. And although a nuclear war with North Korea at this point wouldn't even muss America's hair – the few North Korean ICBMs would probably go astray or be shot down before they reached the USA – it could kill many millions of Koreans on both sides of the border. South Korea is a major supplier of liquid crystal for electronic devices and TVs. In fact, equity prices are falling all over the world from the war talk. North Korea is one of the most isolated nations on Earth, and it wasn't clear whether the previous leader, Kim Jong Il, was insane like a fox or a real madman.

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Over time, the thought that nuclear weaponry could be used felt so unlikely as to be almost impossible. As The New York Times notes, this type of missile has a range of 3,000 miles, which puts Guam in range.

"They are willing to take losses like no army in the world", said one Western analyst who has travelled extensively through North Korea, and spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of those travels. But there's little doubt everyone aware of the war will never be the same. North and South Korea remain split. "If that potentially means Seoul is extremely heavily damaged, missile strikes possibly on Japan - and North Korea is a smoking hole in the ground - then clearly that's not a victory that suits anyone's long-term interests", said Euan Graham, who tracks east Asian security issues as director of the international-security program at the Lowy Institute in Sydney. "They're not going to use it to destroy themselves", she said.

North Korea now has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside intercontinental ballistic missiles, USA intelligence officials have concluded in a confidential assessment, according to The Washington Post.

North Korea's leadership knows that "if there was to be warfare, the regime would be finished".

"The day North Korea decides to attack the United States or any neighbor would be the last day of the North Korean regime and the last day of Kim Jong Un's life", he said. Lee added. "So what we're trying to calculate is how much is Donald Trump bluffing and how much are the North Koreans bluffing - and how do they back down from this".

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