North Korea could strike almost any part of United States, U.S. officials warn

North Korea's missile capabilities are now far enough advanced that most of the continental United States is in its range, two unnamed U.S. officials told Reuters.
By Tyler Henderson | Aug 03, 2017
North Korea's missile capabilities are now far enough advanced that most of the continental United States is in its range, two unnamed U.S. officials told Reuters. They said that the Stalinist state's latest intercontinental ballistic-missile tests give the United States much cause for concern.

During this missile test, which North Korea staged last Friday, a missile flew upward for 45 minutes to reach 2,300 miles in altitude and cross a distance of 621 miles. U.S., South Korean, and Japanese analysts said that if the missile had launched on a typical flat trajectory, it would have been able to reach Denver, Los Angeles, or Chicago.

The Pentagon reported that this launch was the farthest that any North Korean missile has ever flown. The July 4th ICBM launch that had prompted the United States' UN Ambassador to cancel July 4th celebrations and hold emergency meetings with the UN Security Council flew only 39 minutes.

Friday's missiles may have gained a longer trajectory because they had force-stabilizing engines that counter the drag effects of wind and other forces that can slow a missile's course, U.S. officials said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un witnessed the launch and hailed it as a "stern warning" to the United States to not attempt to attack, North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency reported.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke with Trump on Monday about North Korea's missile program. Both leaders agreed to press for more action on North Korea, although Haley said the same day that Washington is "done talking about North Korea."

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