NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR MISSILES
Rogue Regime’s ICBMs Now Nuclear-Tipped
By Harold Hutchison
North Korea’s force of inter-continental ballistic missiles now has been equipped with nuclear warheads. The rogue regime is believed to have less than a dozen warheads, but the development of full-up ICBMs now adds a dangerous element to any crisis on the Korean peninsula.
According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, a report by the Defense Intelligence Agency outlines how North Korea has developed a small nuclear arsenal capable to hitting Hawaii, Alaska, and even the West Coast. The North Koreans have also reportedly developed mobile launchers for the Taepodong-1 and Taepodong-2 missiles, which could make locating them more difficult.
The regime has threatened to use nuclear weapons in the past, but the threats increased in 2013. North Korean officials have also told that country’s state-run news agency that they have developed smaller warheads that can fit on missiles. North Korea has also carried out attacks that include the sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan in 2010, as well as artillery attacks.
The United States has a number of ground-based interceptors deployed at Vandenberg Air Force Base and at Fort Greely in Alaska. The United States and Japan also have Aegis warships equipped with the RIM-161 SM-3 missile, which has been used for both ballistic missile defense and to destroy a satellite.