North Korea Threat:

Could and Would the DPRK Strike America

with WMD Missiles?

When/Why Might It Strike? See Statement from U.S. Dir. of National Intel. Below

(Click here to see how North Koreans are raised to believe

the U.S. hit them with WMD first.)

Read Pyongyang's March 5th, 2013 Nuclear Threat to U.S. Here

What Do the Men Entrusted with America's Security

Think About the North Korea Threat?

“North Korea just fired a missile. It’s an intercontinental ballistic missile, for God sakes. That means they have the capability to strike the United States,” then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, January 2013

"With the continued development of long-range missiles and potentially a road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile and their continued development of nuclear weapons, North Korea is in the process of becoming a direct threat to the United States," then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, June 2011

Could North Korean Missiles Hit the U.S.?

Many experts agree that North Korea's most advanced missiles are now, or could be in the near future, capable of striking Hawaii, Alaska and parts of the lower 48 -- in theory. 
The issue is whether the systems are reliable and accurate enough. Some say it could take the Koreans years to make them so.There is significant doubt about that now, but it does not pay to underestimate the DPRK.
A related issue is whether the North Koreans can equip their long-range missiles with nuclear or chemical/biological warheads. Again, experts think the North Koreans have a long way to go before they can shrink a nuclear bomb enough to deliver it reliably, not to mention adding re-entry technology capable of protecting the warhead on its way down to the target. Chem/bio warheads are easier to make but far less destructive.
In Feb. 2013, a retired U.S. general estimated the DPRK was 5-7 years away from the capability to strike the American mainland with a missile. Check here.
Don't forget that Pyongyang works closely with Iran, which is also trying to develop nuclear warheads. Would breakthroughs by one be shared with the other, speeding the process? North Korea also has other potential means to deliver WMD to or near the U.S., as do the Iranians. (For more about the North Korean/Iranian relationship, visit here; for the Iranian threat to the American homeland, visit here.) In addition, many thousands of Americans living in South Korea and Japan are within closer range.
If they could attack, would they? Such a decision would reflect many factors and would probably be a last-ditch action. However, it's worth remembering that Pyongyang blames America for killing large numbers of North Korean civilians during the war. In their mind, we attacked the other's civilian population first. See some disturbing film here.

DPRK Might Strike America with Nukes 

Under Certain Circumstances (Once It Has Capability):

U.S. Intelligence

"Because of deficiencies in their conventional military forces, North Korean leaders are focused on deterrence and defense. The Intelligence Community has long assessed that, in Pyongyang’s view, its nuclear capabilities are intended for deterrence, international prestige, and coercive diplomacy. We do not know Pyongyang’s nuclear doctrine or employment concepts. Although we assess with low confidence that the North would only attempt to use nuclear weapons against US forces or allies to preserve the Kim regime, we do not know what would constitute, from the North’s perspective, crossing

that threshold." U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI), 3/12/13


"The Intelligence Community assesses Pyongyang views its nuclear capabilities as intended for deterrence, international prestige, and coercive diplomacy. We judge that North Korea would consider using nuclear weapons only under narrow circumstances.



We also assess, albeit with low confidence, Pyongyang probably would not attempt to use nuclear weapons against US forces or territory, unless it perceived its regime to be on the verge of military defeat and risked an irretrievable loss of control." U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI), 2/16/12

[Verbatim North Korean Report]

DPRK NDC Vows to Launch All-Out Action

to Defend Sovereignty of Country

Pyongyang, January 24 [2013] (KCNA) -- The National Defence Commission (NDC) of the DPRK in a statement Thursday solemnly declared its stand as follows as regards the unreasonable resolution that was adopted by the UN Security Council taking issue with the DPRK over its successful launch of satellite Kwangmyongsong 3-2:

1. We flatly reject all the illegal resolutions on the DPRK adopted by the UN Security Council.

Along with the nationwide efforts to defend the sovereignty, the DPRK will continue launching peaceful satellites to outer space one after another.

2. As the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK has entered more dangerous phase, overall efforts should be directed to denuclearizing big powers including the U.S. rather than the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The U.S. is taking the lead in encroaching upon the sovereignty of the DPRK, its allies are siding with it and the UN Security Council has been reduced into an organization bereft of impartiality and balance. Under this situation the DPRK can not but declare that there will no longer exist the six-party talks and the September 19 joint statement.

No dialogue on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula will be possible in the future even though there may be dialogues and negotiations on ensuring peace and security in the region including the Korean Peninsula.

3. We will launch an all-out action to foil the hostile policy toward the DPRK being pursued by the U.S. and those dishonest forces following the U.S., and safeguard the sovereignty of the country and the nation.

The UN Security Council resolution on expanding sanctions against the DPRK, which was adopted on the initiative of the U.S., represents the most dangerous phase of the hostile policy toward the DPRK.

The drive for building an economic power being pushed forward by the army and people of the DPRK, the effort to conquer space that has entered a new phase and the endeavors to bolster the deterrence for safeguarding the country and defending its security will all orientate toward the purpose of winning in the all-out action for foiling the U.S. and all other hostile forces' maneuvers.

We do not hide that a variety of satellites and long-range rockets which will be launched by the DPRK one after another and a nuclear test of higher level which will be carried out by it in the upcoming all-out action, a new phase of the anti-U.S. struggle that has lasted century after century, will target against the U.S., the sworn enemy of the Korean people.

Settling accounts with the U.S. needs to be done with force, not with words as it regards jungle law as the rule of its survival.

(Credit: Korea News Service, from the Korean National News Agency.)

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North Korean Picture of

Anti-American "Human Bomb" During the War