North Korea says mainland US now within ballistic missile range

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that the country’s second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile shows that the country is capable of hitting the mainland U.S.

The communist leader said he reacted to the launch with “great satisfaction.”

The Hwasong-14 missile reached a maximum height of 2,314 miles and traveled 620 miles from the launch point before landing in waters near Japan on Friday.

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Analysts say the data suggests that a wide swath of the U.S., including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now within range of Pyongyang's weapons.

President Donald Trump said that the tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy and deprive its people. Trump says the U.S. will take all "necessary steps" to protect the homeland as well as U.S. allies in the region, including Japan and South Korea.

North Korea first test-launched the Hwasong-14 on July 4.

Kim said the launch sent a "serious warning" to the United States, which has been "meaninglessly blowing its trumpet" with threats of war and stronger sanctions, the KCNA said.

The North Korean flight data was similar to assessments by the United States, South Korea and Japan.

David Wright, a physicist and co-director of the global security program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said that if reports of the missile's maximum altitude and flight time are correct, it would have a theoretical range of about 6,500 miles. That means it could have reached Los Angeles, Denver or Chicago, depending on variables such as the size and weight of the warhead that would be carried atop such a missile in an actual attack.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry denounced the launch as a "grave threat" to regional and international security. But the ministry also said South Korea will continue to try to reach out to the North and called for Pyongyang to accept Seoul's recent offer for talks to reduce animosities along their tense border and resume temporary reunions of relatives separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

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Not very good news. Ugh! 

US, allies prepared to use 'overwhelming force' in North Korea, general says

The U.S. and its allies are prepared to use “rapid, lethal and overwhelming force,” if necessary, against North Korea, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces warned Saturday night.

The statement from Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander, came after the militaries of the U.S., South Korea and Japan spent 10 hours conducting bomber-jet drills over the Korean Peninsula.

The training mission was a response to North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launches and nuclear program, and part of the U.S. regular commitment to defending its allies in the Asia-Pacific region, the general’s statement said.

“North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability,” O’Shaughnessy said.

“Diplomacy remains the lead,” he said. “However, we have a responsibility to our allies and our nation to showcase our unwavering commitment while planning for the worst-case scenario.

“If called upon,” he added, “we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing.”

North Korea conducted test launches of ICBMs on July 3 and July 28, and has claimed that its weapons can now reach the U.S. mainland.

The country’s recent actions have drawn condemnation from President Trump, and prompted U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to confer with counterparts from South Korea and Japan to develop a response, Fox News has reported.

Both Trump and Tillerson have criticized China, saying the Beijing government has failed to use its influence to discourage North Korea from developing its nuclear program, Fox News reported.

On Saturday, two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, under the command of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, joined counterparts from the South Korean and Japanese air forces in sequenced bilateral missions.

According to the Pentagon, the U.S. bombers took off from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, then flew to Japanese airspace, where they were joined by two Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) F-2 fighter jets.


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Lt. Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, Deputy Commander of United Nations Command Korea and Deputy Commander of U.S. Forces Korea, speaks during a ceremony commemorating the 62nd anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement that ended the Korean War at the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, South Korea, Monday, July 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, Pool)Expand / Collapse

Then-Lt. Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy speaks in Paju, South Korea, July 27, 2015.  (Associated Press)


The B-1s then flew over the Korean Peninsula, where they were joined by four F-15 fighter jets from the South Korean air force.

The B-1s then performed a low-pass over Osan Air Base, South Korea, before leaving South Korean airspace and returning to Guam.

Throughout the approximately 10-hour mission, the air crews practiced intercept and formation functions, enabling them to improve their combined capabilities and strengthening the long-standing military-to-military relationships in the region, the Pentagon said.

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US, allies prepared to use 'overwhelming force' in North Korea, general says

July 30, 2017

The U.S. and its allies are prepared to use “rapid, lethal and overwhelming force,” if necessary, against North Korea, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces warned Saturday night.

The statement from Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander, came after the militaries of the U.S., South Korea and Japan spent 10 hours conducting bomber-jet drills over the Korean Peninsula.

The training mission was a response to North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launches and nuclear program, and part of the U.S. regular commitment to defending its allies in the Asia-Pacific region, the general’s statement said.

"The time for talk is over. The danger the North Korean regime poses to international peace is now clear to all," said United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley in a statement.

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“Diplomacy remains the lead,” he said. “However, we have a responsibility to our allies and our nation to showcase our unwavering commitment while planning for the worst-case scenario.

“If called upon,” he added, “we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing.”

North Korea conducted test launches of ICBMs on July 3 and July 28, and has claimed that its weapons can now reach the U.S. mainland.

The country’s recent actions have drawn condemnation from President Trump, and prompted U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to confer with counterparts from South Korea and Japan to develop a response, Fox News has reported.

Both Trump and Tillerson have criticized China, saying the Beijing government has failed to use its influence to discourage North Korea from developing its nuclear program, Fox News reported.

On Saturday, two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, under the command of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, joined counterparts from the South Korean and Japanese air forces in sequenced bilateral missions.

According to the Pentagon, the U.S. bombers took off from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, then flew to Japanese airspace, where they were joined by two Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) F-2 fighter jets.

The B-1s then flew over the Korean Peninsula, where they were joined by four F-15 fighter jets from the South Korean air force.

The B-1s then performed a low-pass over Osan Air Base, South Korea, before leaving South Korean airspace and returning to Guam.

Throughout the approximately 10-hour mission, the air crews practiced intercept and formation functions, enabling them to improve their combined capabilities and strengthening the long-standing military-to-military relationships in the region, the Pentagon said.

U.S. Pacific Command maintains flexible bomber and fighter capabilities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific theater, retaining the ability to quickly respond to any regional threat in order to defend the U.S. and its allies, the statement said.

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Just saw that North Korea can hit New York too. Oh joy! 

North Korean rocket can now hit New York

SEOUL — North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un said on Saturday that the country’s second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test demonstrated the ability to strike any target in the United States in a direct challenge to US President Donald Trump who had issued dire warnings, including a preemptive nuclear strike, over the North Korean missile program.

Analysts said the missile appeared to have a range of at least 10,000 kilometers which would put the US mainland within reach.

Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago appeared to be well within range of the missile which may also be capable of hitting Boston and New York, said David Wright of the Union of Concerned Scientists on his blog.

China condemned the test but US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Beijing and Moscow bore “unique responsibility” for the growing threat from the reclusive North.

“Dear leader Kim Jong-un expressed great satisfaction with the perfectly successful test and praised its developers,” the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

Kim said it demonstrated the North’s ability to launch “at any place and time,” KCNA reported, adding “the leader said proudly the test also confirmed all the US mainland is within our striking range.”

Trump denounced the launch as “reckless and dangerous” and rejected Pyongyang’s claims that such tests helped ensure North Korean security.

Threatening the world

“By threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy and deprive its people,” he said.

“The heads of the US and South Korean militaries discussed military response options after North Korea’s launch,” the Pentagon said.

A New York Times report said the US response was more concrete — it agreed to start talks with South Korea to build more powerful missiles to counter the North’s threat.

The report, quoting the office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, said Moon called for arms buildup in response to the latest ballistic missile test by the North.

Moon’s top national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, called his US counterpart, Gen. HR McMaster, early on Saturday to propose an immediate start to negotiations allowing South Korea to build up missile capabilities, the report said.

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WHOA! NOW things are REALLY serious.  They are taking aim at our next socialist president!

I wish we would just somehow take this crazy man out. 

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