North Korea has developed nuclear-capable missiles capable of hitting the US
North Korea now has a range of ballistic missiles that are thought to be capable of hitting both the US mainland and American interests throughout the Pacific, The Heritage Foundation reports in its 2016 Index of US Military Strength.
The annual report examines the strength of the US military, and also takes into account potential rising threats to the US and its allies from across the world. According to Heritage, the threat from the nuclear-armed, anti-American authoritarian state will only get more complicated in 2016.
Pyongyang’s has continued to develop of a range of ballistic missiles, at the same time the regime pushes to create miniaturized nuclear warheads that can be placed atop those missiles. If constructed, these warheads would allow Pyongyang to hypothetically launch long-range nuclear strikes, as this graphic from Heritage demonstrates:
(The Heritage Foundation: 2016 Index of U.S. Military Strength)
“North Korea has an extensive ballistic missile force that could strike South Korea, Japan, and US military bases in Asia,” the report states. “Pyongyang has deployed at least 400 Scud short-range tactical ballistic missiles, 300 No-Dong medium-range missiles, and 100 to 200 Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missiles.”
The longest-range missile, the Taepo Dong 2, is still in development. However, if deployed, the missile is believed to be nuclear capable if
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