North Korean Missiles cannot Reach Continental US: James Mattis

James Mattis DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
James Mattis DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith

The U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the North Korean current intercontinental ballistic missiles could not reach to hit the continental U.S.

The U.S. Defense Secretary claimed the November ‘long-range’ ICBM “has not yet shown to be a capable threat against us right now.”

Secretary Mattis said the U.S. is still examining the ‘forensics analyses’ of the North Korean threats.

CNN quoted James Mattis’ off-camera briefing, “”We are still examining the forensics, we’re still doing the forensic analysis, it takes a while.”

North Korea tested a new missile on November 28. “A little over two and a half hours ago; North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile. It went higher, frankly than any previous shot they’ve taken,” said James Mattis immediately after Pyongyang launched the missile.

According to the Defense Department report, the ICBM was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea, north of Pyongyang, and traveled east about 1,000 kilometers — approximately 620 miles — before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone, an area that extends 200 nautical miles from its coast.

“We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment of the launch. We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation,” Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Robert Manning said.

The latest Mattis remarks came after the statements of the technical analysts that the last North Korean missile can’t hit the U.S. continental periphery.

CNN quoted retired Gen. Patrick O’Reilly who happens to be a ‘senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and expert in aerospace and missile defense.’ Mr. O’Reilly said, “I’m highly suspicious about the capability of the Hwasong-15.”

“There are some really ill-informed technical suppositions that have been made. When I hear in one or two years they could have an operational capability that could hit Washington … people are making very, very aggressive assumptions. There’s a lot left to be done before you can assess a credible threat,” CNN quoted retired Gen. Patrick O’Reilly.

Secretary Mattis said North Korea’s latest missile test was part of “a continued effort to build a threat — a ballistic missile threat that endangers world peace, regional peace and certainly, the United States.”

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