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originally posted by: jtma508
a reply to: neutronflux
First of all --- they haven't. As a matter of fact they are not even able to successfully launch an ICBM in a test scenario. Long way to go to get that nuke designed to successfully mount. And let's say they did. And let's say they launched. And let's say all our anti-missile technology fails. And let's say one or more successfully detonate on U.S. soil. What would happen next?
All interested parties (NK, China, Russia, Japan, SK, Philippines) have been told that if NK launches at the US (also likely including our allies), we will respond with overwhelming force leaving no gov't or Kim private asset standing.
NORTH KOREA PROBABLY CAN’T STRIKE THE US YET—BUT IT’S STILL PLENTY SCARY
Experts think the radius within which North Korea could reliably target includes South Korea, Japan, and possibly Guam and parts of China and Russia.
North Korea's Threats Revitalize Preemptive Strike Debate In Japan
North Korea fired four missiles simultaneously just last month, and three of them landed in what Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone. In fact, the government announced that it was the closest ever splashdown to Japan’s mainland to date. The North Korean regime is poised to carry out yet another nuclear test. Taken together, these circumstances represent what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called a “new level of threat” that demands clarity on preemptive strikes by and in defense of Japan.
Some of Japan’s most prominent national security space advocates are leading the charge on the preemptive strike front, and are gaining ground particularly in light of North Korea’s recent actions. One of them, Hiroshi Imazu, who chairs the Research Commission on Security for the LDP, recently gave the Prime Minister a proposal to bolster BMD. But many see the actual protection from BMD for the Japanese homeland as a grand and ever more expensive fiction, tilting Japan toward supplementing it with preemptive strike options.