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Originally posted by sonnny1
NK wants to be recognized, in the worst and wrong way.
Originally posted by ausername
No they see weakness in the U.S. leadership, and have successfully tested it.
Emboldened defiance isn't going to be exclusive to the North Korean regime.
While North Korea might have the reach, it still faces the problem of perfecting a nuclear warhead — a much larger obstacle than simply exploding a nuclear device, which North Korea first accomplished in 2006.
"The North Koreans have demonstrated some of the capabilities they would need to have in order to develop an ICBM," Greg Thielmann, a senior fellow at the Arms Control Association, tells NPR. "But that doesn't mean that they are ready to build one."
Warheads need to be relatively small, able to withstand the intense heat and vibration of re-entry, and land on — or at least near — their intended targets.
"They are not there on the nuclear end and would have to have many more tests to have enough confidence that they have a reliable mode of delivery," says Jim Walsh, an expert in international security and a research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Security Studies Program. "You need reliability. If you shoot one, you better be pretty confident it is not going to malfunction, hit your own territory and explode."
Thielmann agrees that producing a useful warhead is fraught with difficulty. "Based on the testing we've seen and some other assumptions about North Korean abilities, we don't think they're ready to arm an ICBM with a nuclear warhead yet even if they had an ICBM, which they don't yet."
Could it have been this Korean satellite?
Since a ground based missile would be used it wouldn't fall under the treaty but no one is going to shoot down the satellite.
I thought there was some international agreement about weaponizing space (amongst which I would include shooting satellites?) Please correct me if I'm misinformed.
Originally posted by rockymcgilicutty
reply to post by Spacespider
Phage help!!!! We are all doomed!!!edit on 12-12-2012 by rockymcgilicutty because: (no reason given)