posted on Jun, 20 2006 @ 12:37 PM
9300 mile range would put the missle in the Midwest, far past Alaska. I think miles and Kilometers have been confused here.
The US's largest ICBM, the Titan II, has an effective range of about 5,500 miles.
The most advanced version of the Atlas launch vehicle traveled about the same distance, however this was far beyond it's effective range in terms of
The Minuteman has an effective range comparable to the Titan, but caries a smaller payload, and is the mainstay of our ICBM inventory.
Are we really to believe that North Korea has the financial and technological means to develope a launch vehicle cabable of almost twice teh range of
anything the US has developed? I'll agree that it's only an assumption that they don't have this capability, but the possibility is slim to a
degree that it's almost inplausible.
In order to target interior regions of the US, NK would need to launch from a sea going vessel, and unless it's hidden in some cave, they don't have
any vessels equiped to transport and deploy such a launch vehicle.
Now, I stress that the above statements are assumptions. It's well within the realm of possibility that Kim Jong has come into posession of a rusky
piece or two capable of penetrating the interior of the US mainland. It's also possible that our government has no knowledge of their posession of
such a delivery vehicle. Further, it's possible that the US government is aware of KJI's posession of said vehicle, yet keeps this information
from the rest of the world (including the US public). While possible, not probable.