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According go Reuters, North Korea launched an unsuccessful missile in October.
A long-range missile is generally defined as one with a 3,400 to 5,000 miles. So far North Korea has shown no evidence of being near to having one with that range. Such a range could bring it close to striking the West Coast of the U.S.
There is one recent projection that North Korea is expected to act in December as the U.S. changes administrations.
Could it be that they are hoping to catch us with our pants down?
A missile with an 1,800-mile range could reach the U.S. territory of Guam.
Guam is home to seven U.S. military bases covering 29 percent of the island’s total land area. As of September 2015 there were 5,666 military personnel (not including civilians) in Guam.
In the next few years it is planned that Guam will be home for an additional 4,800 Marines who’ll be charged with readying for war and disasters in East Asia.
It was announced today that for the first time since the 1980s, the United States has deployed one of its nuclear ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), the USS Pennsylvania, to Guam.
South Korea’s top military officer visited Guam and exchanged views with top U.S. brass on ways to further strengthen their alliance against North Korea’s evolving nuclear and missile threats, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Tuesday.
JCS Chairman Gen. Lee Sun-jin and U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. Vincent K. Brooks examined range of U.S. strategic assets in Guam, along with senior leaders from the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Pacific Command, the JCS said in a statement.
Given the U.S. military presence in Guam, it’s not difficult to see what Guam might be a likely target for North Korea.
However, it appears at least our military is getting ready to meet such a threat.
— C.L. and H.E