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North Korea Celebrates Big Holiday With Simulated Nuclear Strike On America

North Korea unveiled footage Tuesday of a simulated nuclear strike on a U.S. city to celebrate a major national holiday.

The video, presented during an orchestral performance held as a celebratory activity marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, showed an intercontinental ballistic missile soaring across the Pacific Ocean and obliterating an American city.

Could North Korea Hit the U.S. with a Nuclear Missile?

Given the rise in military tensions with North Korea, including nuclear testing and rhetoric from the regime, there is fast-mounting concern about North Korean technological progress in the area of nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and long-range delivery systems.

Not surprisingly, the Pentagon is revving up its missile defense technology and taking North Korea’s nuclear threat very seriously – despite continued questions regarding the accuracy of the country’s claims about its nuclear arsenal and some of its weapons capabilities.

How Dangerous is North Korea's Navy?

In the event of a war with on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea’s naval forces might prove to be nuisance to allied forces if they are operating close to shore, but the threat is manageable.

Nonetheless, U.S. and South Korean naval shores need to keep on their toes—otherwise, they could find themselves ambushed—and suffer the fate of ROKS Cheonan (PCC-772). The Pohang-class corvette was sunk by a North Korean mini-submarine armed with CHT-02D wake-homing torpedoes on March 26, 2010 in an unprovoked attack.

(Withholding) Judgment of the U.S. Missile Strike on Syria

This analyst, like many Syria watchers, is conflicted by the decision by the Trump administration to launch a missile strike on Syrian military targets in response to the regime’s chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun. On the one hand, any feeling person would welcome the Syrian regime being constrained from future chemical weapons use against its own people. On the other hand, it is unclear the missile strike will achieve that outcome and could invite unintended consequences that risk U.S.