North Korea, Missiles, and the United States

Air Force tests missile in launch from Calif coast. The Air Force claims that it is a routine test. Hmmm, I wonder if it has anything to do with North Korea.

The American missile flew 4,200 miles. Now, I am sure we have ICBMs that can fly around the world, but the statement of this launch should be clear to North Korea. The Air Force was saying we can reach you. On the City Distance Tool, I calculated the distance from Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska to Pyongyang to be only 3732 miles. I am making the assumption, and North Korea should too, that Pyongyang is within reach of some United States Air Force missiles hidden somewhere around the Air Force bases in Alaska.

So North Korea has the potential to shoot some rockets and hit Japan who we have sworn to protect. History will probably view Japan as a twentieth century form of colony of the United States, but that is another article for another day. North Korea's rockets only have a range of 2,175 to 2,670. That is unless they have some secret missiles that they have not fired yet and are reserving for a strike. What are they trying to achieve through this course of action?

I hope they stop stop escalating the situation, stop proliferating weapons, and peacefully join the world community. A war between them and the United States will not benefit the people of either side no matter who wins, and it is not likely that North Korea would win. Just lay down the guns and peacefully come to the negotiating table. It does not seem that difficult.

But then I ask whether the Americans would do that if we were in their situation.