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Originally posted by MCory1
I haven't done much research into the technological capabilities of NK's military; do they have any long range missles capable of hitting the west coast? Do they have any other means of getting the missles in range (ie subs, planes, etc.) I know we'd be able to track a plane, but would we be able to catch it in time?
The radical Shiite regime has conducted successful tests to determine if its Shahab-3 ballistic missiles, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, can be detonated by a remote-control device while still in high-altitude flight.
Scientists, including President Reagan's top science adviser, William R. Graham, say there is no other explanation for such tests than preparation for the deployment of electromagnetic pulse weapons – even one of which could knock out America's critical electrical and technological infrastructure, effectively sending the continental U.S. back to the 19th century with a recovery time of months or years.
Iran will have that capability – at least theoretically – as soon as it has one nuclear bomb ready to arm such a missile. North Korea, a strategic ally of Iran, already boasts such capability.
Originally posted by Indy
Could you blame Kim? When you have a tyrant like Bush breathing down your neck you will do whatever it takes to defend yourself. We'd do a preemptive strike against him so why would it be illogical for him to do the same? He probably figures he is gone one way or another so there is no loss for him to strike first. It is like the way we here treat sex crimes. You might as well kill the victim because the punishment is really no different. Kim has basically the same justification. He figures he is gone one way or another. So might as well get in a good shot first.
North Korea began construction of 50MW(e) Nuclear Power Plant in 1985 or 1986, and it was due to be completed in 1995. North Korea used either the British Calder Hall reactor or the French G-2 reactor as a model for its 50MW(e) reactor in Yŏngbyŏn. Both are graphite-moderated, gas-cooled reactors, and good sources of weapon-grade plutonium. If the 50MW(e) reactor had been completed, it would have been capable of producing about 55kg of plutonium per year. The construction of this reactor has been frozen under the terms of the Agreed Framework, which was signed by the US and North Korea in October 1994.