If North Korea's new missile can, in fact, achieve a maximum range of 6,000 miles, that would put West Coast cities like Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles in danger. CPM's Suneet Chopra, CPI's Pallab Sengupta, Forward Bloc's G Devarajan and Congress's Praveen Dawar had discussed the situation with political counsellor of North Korean embassy.
When North Korea eventually builds a missile capable of reaching the US mainland, it will double down on its well-known shakedown of feigning indifference to American deterrence while promising to take out Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle unless massive aid is delivered to Pyongyang.
On Tuesday, July 11, the United States Missile Defense Agency successfully intercepted a test target with the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, proving the effectiveness of the missile defense system now deployed in South Korea. "North Korea can only regard improved South Korea-China relations as a serious threat to the state's survival".
North Korea recently carried out a new test of a rocket engine that could be used for powering an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the weapon that can threaten directly the U.S. mainland. If North Korea responded to polite diplomacy it would not be North Korea. Therefore it should be facing economic constraints to pursue its cost intensive projects of nuclear weapons which is not evident.
A North Korean report released by Pyongyang's mouthpiece, KCNA, also blasted the potential sanctions. It also refuses to take measures that might destabilize North Korea's hard-line communist regime and lead to violence, massive flows of refugees into China, and the possibility of a united Korea allied with the United States.
"In its present form, it couldn't reach much farther than Alaska or maybe Hawaii", Schilling said, "but we think it can be fairly easily extended to cover the West Coast of the United States".
He said the North Korean missile threat is not only a concern for South Korea but for the entire world as well.
Its Foreign Ministry has urged a halt to what it called the "China responsibility theory" with respect to North Korea, declaring all parties needed to pull their weight. South Korea spends only 2.6 percent of its GDP on defense, but that still amounts to $36 billion- more than three times what North Korea spends.
A preemptory strike might not get all of North Korea's nuclear missiles and could prompt a conventional response that would wreck nearby Seoul - a scenario about which North Korea openly brags.
The chief targets are Beijing and Moscow, which have already indicated they do not favour crippling sanctions on North Korea and could veto the U.S. resolution.
THAAD and other systems, while seen as provocations by some, buy the Trump Administration time to come up with a comprehensive and lasting solution to the Korean problem. "How can the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue be resolved?"
The report linked Iran and North Korea, claiming that both states were moving toward producing the Fadj-5 Aero CRBM and KN-SS-X-9, respectively.