North Korea can now deliver a first-strike nuclear attack against the United States, intelligence sources report.
Pyongyang already has a nuclear stockpile of between 20 and 30 nuclear warheads, but both missiles capable of reaching the interior of the United States or warheads small enough to fit atop them.
Last week the regime successfully tested a Hwasong-14 missile capable of striking the interior of the United States. Now a Defense Intelligence Agency report completed last month concludes North Korea has also successfully miniaturized a warhead.
A nuclear-strike-capable North Korea poses a serious threat to the United States, with few good ways to counter it.
The United States are now looking at options, such as ramping up anti-missile defense systems. While a military strike on North Korea would likely end with the collapse of the dictatorship, with over 4,000 pieces of artillery, spread over thousands of square miles, aimed at the nine million residents Seoul, tens of thousands of innocent South Koreans could be killed as a result.
President Donald Trump warned North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program, warning any threat would “be met with fire and fury unlike the world has ever seen.”
“A conflict in North Korea would be probably the worst kind of fighting in most people’s lifetimes,” Defense Secretary Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” earlier this year. “(I)t would be a catastrophic war if this turns into a combat if we’re not able to resolve this situation through diplomatic means.”
Any effort to take military action against North Korea would require “boots on the ground.” North Koreans have been taught every day for 70 years that a U.S. invasion and occupation could occur at any moment, and have been training to prepare for it. With 1.2 million soldiers, North Korea boasts the world’s fourth-largest army. They also have another 5.8 million reserves.
If only five percent of North Korea’s military goes into “resistance” mode, as they have been training to do for 70 years, that’s 350,000 insurgent fighters, larger than ISIS’ force of 200,000 militants. Those fighters would be packed into a smaller area than ISIS commands, much of it rugged mountains that would pose a serious challenge to U.S. forces.