Fears that missiles from North Korea might have the ability to reach the mainland United States of America are now being replaced with the even greater concern that the Communist dictatorship is developing a hydrogen bomb.
Known to be the ultimate atomic weapon, an H-bomb would have the potential to kill millions of people.
According to one unidentified Defense Department official, it now appears that the North Koreans could succeed in rolling out an H-bomb in the next 6-to-18 months. Such a bomb would be exponentially more destructive than the atomic bombs the United States dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan that led to the end of World War II.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un said he had tested an H-bomb early last year, but most experts debunked his claim, arguing that the North had instead developed what is called a boosted fission weapon – which is technically a more powerful atomic bomb. However, reports coming out of South Korea at the time claimed that North Korea was likely “one level away from a hydrogen bomb.”
When North Korea test-launched a second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last Friday, it proved beyond doubt that the rogue regime does have the capability to hit much of the western half of the mainland United States with such a missile.
Some experts believe that the ICBM tested last week could travel as far as Chicago. And, with some tweaking, a North Korean missile could have the potential to reach New York City or even Washington, D.C.
We know that North Korea does have atomic bombs because its military has detonated them in tests.
Some experts say that there’s no clear evidence that North Korea has developed an atomic bomb small enough to fit on a warhead atop an ICBM. There’s also no evidence that North Korea has actually developed a far-more powerful hydrogen bomb – let alone a miniaturized version that could travel on top of a missile.
Recent tests by the North indicate that they’re probably not yet able to shield a nuclear warhead so it can re-enter the atmosphere and hit its target upon re-entry, which poses a major obstacle for the regime. However, America was able to figure out the re-entry dilemma in 1957 when it developed the first ICBMs, so it’s, of course, possible that North Korea could pull it off 60 years later.
Since hydrogen bombs are heavier than standard atomic bombs, Kim would likely need a more advanced missile than what he has tested so far, if he wants to strike the United States. Unfortunately, North Korea seems to be working on such a missile, known as the KN-08.
A North Korean H-bomb landing in our nation’s capital could kill roughly 500,000 people and injure another 900,000, according to publicly available simulators. And if an H-bomb hit New York City, more than 1.7 million people could be wiped out.
These disturbing statistics mean that it’s time for the United States to prepare for the possibility that our country will be attacked by North Korea’s atomic weapons because there’s not much else we can do. Unfortunately, the time for action passed us by while the last administration ignored the fact that the North Koreans were hard at work, plotting America’s destruction.
A U.S. attack to knock out North Korea’s missiles and nuclear forces could easily backfire. Considering the small country’s huge arsenal of atomic and conventional weapons, North Korea could respond with a nuclear strike against South Korea, Japan or possibly even the United States.
Economic sanctions and making sure that North Korea is unable to fund its nuclear program are likely the only answers at this point. Kim spends all the country’s money on weapons, while the North Korean people starve.
But pretending or hoping that North Korea won’t attack us only means that they probably will.
During his cabinet meeting earlier in the week, President Trump was asked about North Korea as a growing threat to national security. He responded, “We’re taking care of North Korea. We take care of everything.”
WHAT IS THE H-BOMB
The device is colloquially referred to as a hydrogen bomb or, an H–bomb, because it employs the fusion of isotopes of hydrogen. The first full scale thermonuclear test was carried out by the United States in 1952; the concept has since been employed by most of the world’s nuclear powers in the design of its weapons.
The big difference is that atomic bombs use nuclear fission, which splits a biggeratom into two smaller ones, to create their energy. Hydrogen bombs use fusion, which is done by fusing two or more atoms into a bigger one.
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