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North Korea’s Missile Test Raises Concerns of U.S. Mainland Attack, Local Residents React

RNRF Political Reporter, Zack Duvall

NATIONAL – The most recent ICBM style missile test by North Korea has put U.S. officials and military leaders on high alert, after analysis confirms that the rogue nation can now target huge swaths of the American heartland with their Hwasong-14 missiles.

The test conducted at midnight on Friday was attended by Kim Jung Un himself and the dictator openly threatened to one day use the missile to strike the U.S. mainland

Friday’s launch is one of the more significant tests according to U.S. intelligence officials because it not only shows the rapid progression in North Korea’s missile program but also the defiance of the regime, despite some of the toughest rhetoric and diplomatic action from the U.S thus far.

Although the White House and some on Capitol Hill have been very vocal of the need for tougher sanctions and an end to the era of “strategic patience,” Pentagon Spokesperson, Capt. Jeff Davis, would not offer any specific details pertaining to the official assessment of the Friday launch. “The specifics of our assessment are classified for reasons that I hope you understand,” Davis said during a news briefing at the Pentagon on Tuesday.

Officials would only confirm that the missile did in fact meet the minimum requirements to be classified as an ‘ICBM’ (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile), meaning that the North now has the ability to strike targets more than 3,420 miles away.

The missile launched last Friday landed in the Sea of Japan, well within Japanese waters, and was able to be filmed by a Japanese observation crew. The footage is continuing to be reviewed by experts and officials but so far many are unimpressed with the capability of the North Korean missile.

According to both Japanese and U.S. military experts, the missile successfully reached its peak altitude, but the re-entry vehicle, the section of missile that delivers a warhead, did not survive the intense heat and pressure of re-entering the atmosphere.

U.S. missile expert, Michael Elleman, said in interview with 38 North that Friday’s test was an overall failure for the regime. Elleman stated, “the missile appeared to ‘disintegrate’ on re-entry…” Ellman further stated, “In short, a reasonable conclusion based on the video evidence is that the Hwasong-14’s re-entry vehicle did not survive during its second test. If this assessment accurately reflects reality, North Korea’s engineers have yet to master re-entry technologies and have an ICBM capable of striking the American mainland.”

Other experts like South Korean defense analyst Kim Dong-Yub, said the failure by the North wasn’t the re-entry, but detonation, and that success for the rogue nation could come with any of the next upcoming launches. Dong-Yub says, “Considering the cost and efforts they put into tests, North Korea likely would have tried to detonate the warhead properly, they apparently failed this time, but could focus on this aspect in future tests.”

The Hwasong-14 missile is the result of decades of research by the North, and numerous test launches that have openly defied international law and sanctions by the United Nations. A similar missile variant and design is also used by Iran.

With the tensions on the peninsula at levels not seen since the Korean War, local residents believe more aggressive action is needed in response to the North Korean threat – others believe additional sanctions would eventually bring the rogue regime to heel.

“At some point the people will get sick of the restrictions. They can’t live like that forever,” said Homosassa resident Carol Linsay, who currently has a nephew serving in the Navy. “A lot of us have someone who is serving and it’s our families who stand to lose someone we love if cooler heads don’t prevail,” said Linsay.

Kent Hampton a retired Army Calvary Scout told RNRF, “The men and women serving live for standing up to danger such as North Korea.” Hampton further stated, “Many in the military today feel that regime change is long overdue… I’ve watched as president after president has tried to change things over there. The leadership is too corrupt… I know a lot of guys in the military now who have told me that they can’t believe that we (the U.S.) are just standing by and allowing this guy to threaten the country and its citizens. The danger is real and those missiles are getting closer.”

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Editors Note: RNRF Political Reporter, Zack Duvall will cover national, state, and local politics. In many cases Duvall’s reports will include commentary from local residents. Please welcome Zack Duvall to the RNRF team.

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  • I do not know if Florida in general, or our region specifically, is a priority target for nuclear attack. We do have a nuclear power plant nearby, at Crystal River, that if hit by even conventional weapons could, I imagine, disperse nuclear material. I do not know if there are missile silos or nuclear-weapon manufacturing plants nearby. I do not know if there are anti-ballistic missile systems nearby. If there are, the risk to us could be great. I also do not know the risk to our area of nuclear strikes in other parts of the country, for example from dispersal of radioactive material by weather patterns. In the absence of facts, I do not know how to prepare for emergencies.

    Thinking beyond the notion of our area as a target, you can be sure that if any area of the U.S. is struck by a nuclear attack we will suffer consequences. This is a big country with interdependent populations. If one part is hit, the economic consequences could be fierce for all of us if intra-national commerce shrinks. Could be equally true if another country suffers a nuclear strike: we live on one earth. We have one atmosphere. Nuclear material in the air travels. I have read that about a third of the pollution in California originates in China. Imagine a nuclear smog. Could it come to Spring Hill, Florida? It’s potentially a local issue. That’s for sure.

    Saturday, 5 August 2017, 7:32 am
  • Thanks Zack,and Tom,the world is an angry place ,we shouldn’t hide our heads in the sand,Sping Hill isnt the only place in the world.

    Friday, 4 August 2017, 4:06 pm
  • tony, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! well said asked question, no you nor i would wait until say…………our new/old neighbor keeps saying 1 day i will huff/puff blow your house down, your kids, wife ,girl, etc. and if your knowledge of said person says ……………………….. it is possible ?? what ya gonna do? me? maybe i say BLAMMMM 1ST!

    Friday, 4 August 2017, 2:33 am
  • Stick to real news about Spring Hill.

    Thursday, 3 August 2017, 9:15 pm
  • So do we wait until that nut job nukes us first like he says he well.

    Thursday, 3 August 2017, 3:22 pm
  • oops my bad again welcome Zack!!! all factual,true important news stories need to get to the people! keep rolling R.N.R.F.!

    Thursday, 3 August 2017, 3:02 pm
  • my bad, looked abit ago wasn’t there may not have waited til it populated, thanks again!

    Thursday, 3 August 2017, 2:59 pm
  • TOM….COME ON……I WANT TO SEE REAL NEWS REAL FAST but not a story about how is doing missile testing. I only started to come to your site after a neighbor said that you reported anything and everything that happened or was happening in the Spring Hill, Brooksville area. If you don’t have any bad news to report about HERNANDO COUNTY how about posting some positive stories about some good things that are happening in our neighborhood? I am getting REAL DISAPPOINTED REAL FAST!

    Thursday, 3 August 2017, 2:54 pm
  • tom, my comment appears removed, just curious why? thanks!

    Thursday, 3 August 2017, 2:54 pm
  • 1ST OFF, TOM THANKS FOR BRINGING NATIONAL, SERIOUS MATTER TO OUR LITTLE TOWN, K, I RESPECT YOUR OPINION AND AM NOT TOTALLY DISAGREEING, EITHER WAY THIS IS SERIOUS, THIS IS A DANGEROUS LITTLE WEEZEL THAT NEEDS DEALT WITH!! SOONER THE BETTER,ALSO IRAN AND SOME MORE, I HOPE NEVER BUT IF NEEDED I HOPE IT IS NOTHING SHORT OF FAST OVERWHELMING DEVASTATING FORCE! AKA HOURS OF SHOCK N AWE! THESE A-HOLES UNDERSTAND NOTHING ELSE INCLUDING ISIS AND ALL GROUPS OF ALU AKBAR RADICALS! PERIOD, NO TOLERANCE!! LONG LIVE THE U.S.A.! AND MAY GOD BLESS US!!

    Thursday, 3 August 2017, 2:22 pm
  • I’m not worried. President Trump says he will handle it.

    Thursday, 3 August 2017, 1:37 pm
  • Does this mean I should start wearing my aluminum foil hat everywhere I go now?

    Thursday, 3 August 2017, 1:01 pm
  • Excellent reporting Zack…very well written. Great job, keep ’em coming.

    Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 8:32 pm

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