- In open testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, Gen. Paul Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, acknowledged that North Korea currently has the ability to at least strike Alaska with an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). While Selva noted that Pyongyang most likely cannot yet hit targets with accuracy and that its warheads may not be able to survive re-entry into the atmosphere, his testimony was yet one more public affirmation that Kim Jong Un has reached a milestone that changes the global nuclear balance.
North Korea may not become a fully-capable nuclear weapons state for years. It may never field missiles with the accuracy of American weapons. Yet, that it has now become a strategic threat to the United States can no longer be ignored. For the past six decades, since the end of the Korean War, Pyongyang has been a danger to its neighbors and to the U.S. military personnel stationed on the Korean Peninsula and in Asia.
It now threatens U.S. territory directly and will eventually gain the ability to target all of America’s major population centers. It does so, moreover, as it relentlessly pursues not just an atomic bomb, but a hydrogen bomb that can be fitted onto its missiles
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