by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog
We are just inches away from the outbreak of World War III, and yet most Americans seem completely oblivious to what is happening. On Friday, North Korea conducted a missile test which proved that it now has the capability of hitting major U.S. cities in the western half of the country. Every diplomatic effort to end North Korea’s nuclear program has completely failed, the Chinese have shown that they do not intend to do much of anything to intervene in this crisis, and the United Nations is a dead end. Given enough time, the North Koreans will build hundreds of ICBMs capable of delivering nukes to cities all over America, and the Trump administration has already indicated that they will never accept this. If no other way can be found to derail North Korea’s nuclear program, President Trump will almost certainly order a military strike, and that could set off a war in which millions could die.
Personally, I am stunned that North Korea’s missile test on Friday didn’t receive more attention from the mainstream media, because the truth is that this was the biggest step toward war on the Korean peninsula since 1953…
After North Korea’s missile launch on Friday, the US-based Union of Concerned Scientists shared its fears that the country’s latest weapon had the capacity to reach major US cities.
When it launched the missile on Friday, North Korea aimed it on a high trajectory which allowed the weapon to crash in to the Sea of Japan.
The ground range of the test was 6,500 miles, according to multiple agencies, and it had a flight time of around 47 minutes.
If the missile had been fired at a standard trajectory, it could have easily reached Los Angeles, Denver or Chicago.
In other words, more than half the continental United States is now within range of North Korean missiles…
Preliminary data from the launch reveals that half, if not most, of the continental U.S. would be in range of the missile tested Friday.
“Looks like it pretty much can get to New York, Boston and probably falls just short of Washington,” David Wright, co-director and senior scientist for the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, told CNBC.
This is supposed to be a red line for President Trump, and it will be extremely interesting to see how he responds in the days ahead.
On Twitter, Trump sounded like a man that is completely out of patience with North Korea…
“Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue.China could easily solve this problem!”
In addition to Trump, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is also indicating that time for diplomatic maneuvering has run out…
“The time for talk is over. The danger the North Korean regime poses to international peace is now clear to all.”
The Trump administration has already made it very clear that they will not be going to the UN Security Council with this matter because they believe that would be a dead end.
At this point, the available options for dealing with North Korea are narrowing rapidly, and direct military action appears to be gaining favor. In fact, General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy released a statement on Saturday night warning that the U.S. is ready to use “rapid, lethal and overwhelming force”…
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.
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