Is North Korea really capable of launching a nuclear strike against the US, and what would the impact of a military conflict be on the rest of the world?

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Kim Snowling Profile
Kim Snowling answered

Of course it is!

On the 3rd April, North Korea said that it has received approval to launch 'merciless' nuclear strikes against the United States.

They said they were formally notifying Washington U.S. Threats would be 'smashed by cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strike means,'  according to a statement published by the official KCNA news agency.

Countdown to 'Merciless Strikes'

  • December 2011 - Kim Jong II died and his son Kim Jong Un was named his successor.
  • April 2012 - To commemorate the 100th birthday of the country's founder Kim II Sung, Pyongyang launched a long-range rocket which fell into the sea.
  • August 2012 - Ahead of the annual US-South Korean drills, Kin Jong Un announced that the North Korean army was ready to deal 'deadly blows.'
  • December 2012 - North Korea successfully launch a rocket, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping up the treat the isolated and impoverished state poses to opponents.  The rocket was labelled by the United States, South Korea and Japan as a test of technology that could one day deliver a nuclear warhead.
  • January 2013 - North Korea announced it was planning a new nuclear test, raising the confrontation with the US to a whole new level.
  • 12 February 2013 - North Korea conducted its third nuclear test and warned that further measures would follow if the U.S continued its 'hostility' against the North.  The UN subsequently imposed more sanctions on the country.
  • 29 March 2013 - Following a mock bombing of North Korea by a US B-2 stealth bomber during a joint military drills, Pyongyang ordered rocket units to be put on standby to fire on US bases in the South Pacific.
  • 30 March 2013 - North Korea declared it was entering a 'state of war' against its Southern neighbour.
  • 3 April 2013 - North Korea announces it had approval to use its nuclear weapons against the United States in a 'merciless' attack.

It was reported that North Korea had moved a mid-range Musudan missile to it's east coast, which is believed to be able to cover 1,875 miles putting all of South Korea and Japan within range.

U.S. Defence secretary Chuck Hagel said that North Korea presented 'clear and present danger' to the U.S. And its allies.  However they believe the North Korea is years away from producing a bomb that could actually travel all the way to the U.S.

They are also banning South Korea workers from entering a jointly run factory, plus they have re-opened a nuclear facility which has been closed for 6 years.

U.S secretary of State, Mr Kerry said that 'the bottom line, very simple, is that Kim Jong Un has been choosing to be provocative, it is very dangerous, reckless, and the United States will not accept the DPRK as a nuclear state.'

Personally I think that it would be silly to declare nuclear war as it would be utter devastation and the retaliation would be huge 'they wouldn't know what hit them.'  Lets just hope that they do actually have a heart and don't really want to start a war.

In fact I think it is a very real threat and it shouldn't be taken lightly.

Sylvia Newfield Profile
Sylvia Newfield answered

No, the missiles couldn't actually reach America. Asia is too far away.

Besides, even if they could reach the US, we could reach them, too, and the Americans' weapons would have a much stronger effect on Korea then the Koreans' weapons would have, as North Korea is much smaller than the USA.

So no, I don't think so. 1. They can't, and 2. Even if they could, they probably wouldn't.

Nora Flaherty Profile
Nora Flaherty answered

North Korea has not built a long range missile than can reach the U.S. 

In fact, much to their embarrassment, the test launches they have made either blew up flew very short distances. North Korea is years away from having the technology to deliver a nuclear warhead on missiles, but it still has plenty of conventional firepower. 

North Korea has a fairly large arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles that they have test fired into the Sea of Japan..

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