North Korea’s two missile tests in July demonstrated the country’s capability to hit not only Alaska and Hawaii, but also nearly all the 48 other states in the U.S. mainland.
Pyongyang’s long-range missile test on Friday drew condemnation not just from the U.S., but also neighboring China, Japan and South Korea.
It also prompted the Trump administration to rethink its tactics toward Kim Jong-un’s regime, given the significant escalation in its capabilities.
Defense officials, however, said that the sophistication of North Korea’s missiles indicate that it will only take aim at a several key U.S. targets.
Conservative Tribune reports:
The map from Business Insider indicates that North Korea reportedly designated these four military locations as likely targets.
1. Hawaii, one of the closest targets for North Korea, is home to the U.S. military bases Pacific Command, which oversees all U.S. military units in the region.
2. San Diego serves as PACOM’s home port, where a majority of the U.S. Navy ships would be deployed to respond to an attack from North Korea.
3. Washington, D.C. is obviously the home of the commander-in-chief, who must approve of nuclear orders. This target serves as the most important reminder that the North Korean dictator is ultimately aiming to take out the U.S. president as well as our most vital military bases.
4. Austin, Texas was the fourth city on North Korea’s possible hit list.
But some experts say that North Korea still needs some improvements with its guidance system and missiles engines before they are able to accurately hit any of those targets.
Over the weekend, the Pentagon announced that its THAAD missile defense program successfully shot down a medium-range ballistic missile during its latest test over the Pacific Ocean.