Can North Korea Attack the US Mainland?

New missile test by North Korea. Source KNCA

New missile test by North Korea. Source KNCA

The South Korean troops reportedly fired around 90 warning shots with their K-3 machine gun. Instead such an attack would almost certainly trigger retaliatory strikes against South Korea and Japan that could plunge the region into a catastrophic nuclear war.In a Sunday editorial, the Minju Joson newspaper said US President Donald Trump's administration "would be well advised to lend an ear to the voices of concern that are heard from the US and the worldwide community".

North Korea on May 22 declared its medium-range Pukguksong-2 missile ready for deployment after a weekend test, the latest step in its quest to defy United Nations sanctions and develop a weapon capable of striking USA targets.

According to Yonhap News, South Korea's military also said that the missile would not be able to reach Guam, which serves as a refueling hub for USA military operations located in East Asia.

South Korea says it has fired warning shots at an object that flew across the demilitarised zone from North Korea.

Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned of "dangerous developments" in North Korea after landing in Beijing on Wednesday.

The US-drafted Security Council statement was agreed on the eve of an emergency meeting requested by the United States, Japan and South Korea to discuss a course of action on North Korea.

The United States, Britain and France have been pushing for a new U.N. resolution with tougher sanctions against North Korea. The official didn't want to be named, citing office rules.

South Korea's Joint Chief of Staff said they have also broadcast a warning to the hermit state in response to what coule be the start of war.

The missile tested was the Pukguksong-2, a land-based version of Pyongyang's submarine-launched weapon, using solid-fuel that allows for immediate firing, KCNA said.

South Korea's incoming left-leaning government has taken a more conciliatory line with Pyongyang than its conservative predecessors, but has reacted strongly to the latest two missile tests.

"The military is keeping tight surveillance over the North and maintaining high vigilance", the statement said.

He advocates a mix of diplomacy and economic incentives to get North Korea to back away from its belligerent footing.

However, there are reports that suggest that North Korea is still capable of launching nuclear warheads that could cross the Pacific Ocean and reach the United States.

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