Friday, October 9, 2015
Chief of the NORAD: 'N. Korean nuclear warhead can reach US and ‘Were ready for Kim’.
Chief of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD): 'N. Korean nuclear warhead can reach US and ‘Were ready for Kim’. (RT).
The chief of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has warned that North Korea now has sufficient nuclear capacity to attack the US mainland, but claims American air defenses would shoot down any incoming warhead.
“We assess that they have the capability to reach the homeland with a nuclear weapon from a rocket,” Admiral Bill Gortney, the head of NORAD, told an audience during a public event organized by Atlantic Council, a pro-NATO think-tank.
Last month, North Korea’s state news outlets carried a statement saying the country could attack the US “at any time” with a nuclear arsenal that is “improving in quantity and quality.”
The 60 year-old admiral said that regardless of whether the threats were credible or not, they were not likely to endanger ordinary Americans.
“We’re ready for him [Kim Jong-un], and we’re ready 24 hours a day if he should be dumb enough to shoot something at us,” said Gortney. “I’m pretty confident that we’re going to knock down the numbers that are going to be shot.”
The speech came the same day as the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security released a report claiming that Pyongyang has sufficient fissile material for 22 nuclear weapons, namely 34 kilograms of plutonium and 240 kilograms of weapons-grade uranium.
Previous worries about Korea’s nuclear capacity have been allayed by its inability to miniaturize and deliver a nuclear payload. However, the US Missile Defense Agency claimed in March that Kim would be able to launch ballistic rockets powerful enough to reach the US by the end of this year. Hmmmmm.....How much of the 'know how' and abilities have they shared with Obama's BFF Iran? Read the full story here.
Related: Chronology of U.S.-North Korean Nuclear and Missile Diplomacy.
1985 - 2015 ! 30 YEARS later Guess how long it will take their BFF IRAN? My guess is they do it in less than 10 years.