In his suicidal and highly destructive goal of hitting the U.S. with an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), North Korea’s tyrant Kim Jong Un is willing to fulfill this purpose at all cost, no matter if the consequences end up being extremely damaging for his communist dynasty.
In fact, North Korean state-run media just revealed that he appears to double down on this action, since it hinted that in addition to Alaska, Hawaii may be also a potential target for the missile strike.
The Rodong Sinmun wrote Sunday that Alaska and Hawaii, where the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) is stationed, are in range of the regime’s missiles. Over the last few weeks, North Korea successfully tested the Hwasong-14 ICBM, and experts suggest this weapon have a range between 4,500 and 6,000 miles, which would give North Korea the ability to strike not only Hawaii and Alaska, but also some parts of the West Coast.
Of course, many believe it is quite improbable that Pyongyang takes this step considering that it would be a suicidal move. Leading experts and high-level defectors believe that this Asian nation would probably use its ICBM in case the regime is collapsing or in the event of a major conflict. Nevertheless, it is an undeniable fact that the regime is preparing for the possibility.
Although their weapons were not as prepared as now, the country offered valuable insight into possible targets in the U.S. several years ago. Nevertheless, it remains unknown if this was an intentional or unintentional action.
In the background of a propaganda photo, there’s the so-called “map of death,” which appears to identify multiple targets in the U.S. that Pyongyang might strike in the event of a major conflict. However, it is known that both Kim Jong Un and his father has always wanted to execute this action.
Open source intelligence analysts believe that the four targets identified on the map are San Diego, Air Force Base in Louisiana, Barksdale, Hawaii, and Washington, D.C. It is known that home base for the Pacific Fleet is located in San Diego while the U.S. Pacific Command is headquartered in Hawaii.
On the other hand, the Department of Defense and a few other national security agencies are located in D.C., while Barksdale is the headquarter for Air Force Global Strike Command, which is responsible for U.S. nuclear deterrence and global strikes.
According to the Washington Post, some other experts add Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, home to nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers, and Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, where the U.S. Strategic Command is located.
Considering this tense situation with Kim Jong Un’s regime, the U.S. is boosting its defenses as Pyongyang advances its missile program at an accelerated rate. Additionally, the Trump administration has already executed diplomatic moves with China in order to stop North Korea, which is one of its closest allies.
So far, the U.S. has conducted several missile intercept tests in months, with successful results. The U.S. military intercepted a mock ICBM in a test of the ground-based midcourse defense (GMD) system in California two months ago, and an intermediate-range ballistic missile earlier this month using a Terminal High Altitude Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in Alaska.
Apparently, another test of the THAAD system is expected sometime in the next week or so. This could be one of the most important tests considering that this one is operational in South Korea.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a missile launch from a Kodiak, Alaska, facility is expected this weekend. The Coast Guard notified mariners of the rocket launch scheduled for Saturday, and it will be conducted from the Kodiak Narrow Cape Launch Facility.
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On its part, Hawaii has released an emergency response plan for a possible attack on the Aloha state, and some state legislators and a U.S. admiral have called for improved missile defense capabilities in order to increase the island state´s protection from any kind of strike.
Meanwhile, a U.S. Defense official revealed that Kim Jong Un’s regime is preparing for another missile test. The official said transporter vehicles carrying ballistic missile launching equipment were seen arriving the city of Kusong on Friday.
This place has been the site of North Korean missile tests in the last few years. When such equipment is seen, a launch could occur within six day, which makes perfect sense since it would coincide with the upcoming July 27 North Korean holiday.