Given what we know today, we can assume North Korea can reach the United States with an ICBM armed with a nuclear warhead according to Read Admiral James D. Syring, Director of the Missile Defense Agency.
Rep. Mike Rogers interviewed the Admiral today. He asked if his agency’s funding would allow us to stay ahead of the threat posed by Kim Jong-un, the North Korean madman, or “is it moving faster than we are?”
The Admiral responded:
“Sir, with the work of this committee and others and the support of Congress, I would not say we are comfortably ahead of the threat. I would say we are addressing the threat that we know today, and the advancements in the last six months have caused great concern to me and others in the advancement of and demonstration of technology, ballistic missiles from North Korea.
It is incumbent upon us to assume that North Korea today can range the United States with an ICBM carrying a nuclear warhead. Everything that we are doing plans for that contingency. In addition to looking ahead to what might be developed, what is possible over the next five to ten years.”
The South Korean military said North Korea just fired multiple ground-to-ship missiles at an unknown target. We can shoot their missiles down but our allies might not be so lucky.