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    North Korea Missile Launch Appears Calibrated to Avoid American Military Response

    North Korea Missile Launch Appears Calibrated to Avoid American Military Response

    Pyongyang’s test of longest-range missile yet demonstrates advances in campaign to build weapons that can strike U.S.

    People watch a television broadcast on North Korea's test-launch of its latest ballistic missile at the Seoul rail station on Wednesday. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

    By Andrew Jeong and Jonathan Cheng
    Updated Nov. 29, 2017 2:57 p.m. ET

    SEOUL—North Korea’s latest ballistic-missile test Wednesday appeared calculated to avoid crossing red lines that could provoke military action by Washington while demonstrating an advance in the country’s campaign to build nuclear weapons capable of striking the U.S.

    Pyongyang said the test of its longest-range missile yet showed it could target the entire U.S. But the latest launch wasn’t as provocative as other steps it has threatened, including firing missiles at Guam, shooting down U.S. aircraft in international airspace, or exploding a thermonuclear device over the Pacific.

    Analysts weren’t ruling out such actions down the road. But for now, close observers of the regime say the test of what Pyongyang described as a new Hwasong-15 missile with a “super-large heavy warhead” was calibrated to demonstrate North Korea’s status as a nuclear-weapons state without following through on more extreme threats that could lead to war.

    North Korea also chose not to launch the missile over Japan, as the regime has done with two missile tests this year. Instead, the Hwasong-15 splashed down between Korea and Japan after flying on a lofted trajectory that took it deep into space before re-entering the earth’s atmosphere.

    U.S. President Donald Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, the White House said, underscoring “the determination of the United States to defend ourselves and our allies from the growing threat” and calling on China to work to convince North Korea to end the provocation.

    In a Twitter message about the phone call, Mr. Trump said “additional major sanctions will be imposed on North Korea today.” Shortly afterward, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. has “a long list of additional potential sanctions,” some possibly involving financial institutions, but added the Treasury Department would announce them when they were ready.

    At a campaign-style rally in St. Charles, Mo., on Wednesday, Mr. Trump appeared to refer to Mr. Kim as “little rocket man,” a frequent insult, and told a cheering crowd: “He’s a sick puppy.”

    Tuesday’s launch, the first since September, marks a logical progression in North Korean efforts to secure an effective nuclear deterrent, and more tests are likely in the months ahead, said Yang Xiyu, a Korean affairs expert and senior fellow at the China Institute of International Studies, a think tank affiliated with the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

    “North Korea’s missile launches enjoy diminishing marginal utility in terms of political impact and shock value,” Mr. Yang said. “The latest test doesn’t really affect the options that China and the U.S. have in dealing with North Korea.”
    This seems important. I would have thought somebody more 'in touch' would have posted it before now.

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    Perhaps it's a function of being a Cold War kid but North Korea does not scare me.

    Actually, I wonder why everyone is freaked out about them. They are way down my threat list.
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    Frankly, I wish a missile would fall on our or our allies' territory so we could wipe them off the map already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post
    Frankly, I wish a missile would fall on our or our allies' territory so we could wipe them off the map already.
    Be careful what you wish for. From what I have read, it would be virtually impossible to intercept all the nuclear warheads if N. Korea launched. And it is believed that they could manage to launch before our strikes wiped out their country.

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    Meanwhile, Hawaii has re-activated it's air raid signal warning devices.
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hawaii-...uclear-attack/

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    Quote Originally Posted by 80zephyr View Post
    Be careful what you wish for. From what I have read, it would be virtually impossible to intercept all the nuclear warheads if N. Korea launched. And it is believed that they could manage to launch before our strikes wiped out their country.

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    You might be thinking of a Russian ICBM attack, or you might be thinking of the large amounts of artillery the Norks have pointed at Seoul, but I don't think North Korea has a large number of nuclear warheads or a large number of long-range ICBM's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm dePlume View Post
    You might be thinking of a Russian ICBM attack, or you might be thinking of the large amounts of artillery the Norks have pointed at Seoul, but I don't think North Korea has a large number of nuclear warheads or a large number of long-range ICBM's.
    Well, we don't know where they're getting them from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm dePlume View Post
    You might be thinking of a Russian ICBM attack, or you might be thinking of the large amounts of artillery the Norks have pointed at Seoul, but I don't think North Korea has a large number of nuclear warheads or a large number of long-range ICBM's.
    I understand they have about 10 warheads. I would think that is plenty.

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