Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Monday, May 28, 2018 05:33:23 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

No North Korea missile will be capable of reaching US: Trump

photo by AP photo

President-elect Donald Trump talks to reporters during a meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.

By
04th-Jan-2017       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

AP, Seoul :
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to vow that North Korea won't develop a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the United States. But it might already have done so.
Views vary, sometimes wildly, on the exact state of North Korea's closely-guarded nuclear and missile programs, but after five atomic test explosions and a rising number of ballistic missile test launches, some experts believe North Korea can arm short- and mid-range missiles with atomic warheads.
That would allow Pyongyang to threaten U.S. forces stationed in Asia and add teeth to its threat last year to use nuclear weapons to "sweep Guam, the base of provocations, from the surface of the earth."
Guam is a strategically important U.S. territory in the Pacific. Some experts see the U.S. mainland as potentially within reach in as little as five years if North Korea's nuclear progress isn't stopped.
Trump's tweet on Monday night U.S. time was in response to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who said Sunday in his annual New Year's address that preparations for launching an intercontinental ballistic missile have "reached the final stage." He did not explicitly say a test was imminent.
Trump tweeted, "North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won't happen!" Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway said Monday on MSNBC that the world should be grateful Trump told millions of people that, where the North Korean threat is concerned, "he intends to stop it."
North Korea, poor, suspicious of outsiders and governed by a third-generation dictator, is used to being underestimated and mocked. Few believed it could build a nuclear program that would keep U.S. presidents since the early 1990s up at night.
Armed to the teeth, acutely bellicose and not afraid to push tensions on the Korean Peninsula to the brink, Pyongyang could be among Trump's top foreign policy challenges.
Here's a look at how close North Korea may already be to proving Trump's tweet wrong:
The Republican billionaire has already upended precedent by routinely taking to Twitter since his election last month to lambast critics and issue statements-sometimes about the most serious national security issues-sending analysts scrambling to divine what they may mean for US policy once he takes office on January 20.
He launched a solo bid to restart the Cold War arms race last month, tweeting that the United States must "greatly strengthen and expand" its nuclear capabilities.
He has also angered China by tweeting accusations of military expansionism and currency manipulation.
But he will need Beijing, Pyongyang's closest ally, to deal with North Korea's mounting confrontation.
However, he appeared to complicate that prospect with his latest criticism on Monday evening following his vow about North Korea.
"China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the US in totally one-sided trade, but won't help with North Korea," he tweeted. "Nice!"
In a 30-minute televised New Year's speech on Sunday, Kim said Pyongyang had "soared as a nuclear power," adding that it is now a "military power of the East that cannot be touched by even the strongest enemy."
Although he did not make a specific reference to the incoming Trump administration, he called on Washington to make a "resolute decision to withdraw its anachronistic hostile North Korea policy."
Analysts are divided over how close Pyongyang is to realizing its full nuclear ambitions, especially as it has never successfully test-fired an ICBM.
However, North Korea carried out two nuclear tests and numerous missile launches last year in pursuit of its oft-stated goal-developing a weapons system capable of hitting the US mainland with a nuclear warhead.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Teesta treaty still a far cry


YESTERDAY, Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a closed-door meeting for about an hour at a five-star hotel in Kolkata. Although they discussed a lot of issues such as education, trade and economic ties, the much anticipated Teesta water-sharing deal did not figure ...

Entertainment »

Kajol unveils her wax statue at Madame Tussauds Singapore


Bollywood fans, prepare yourself! Kajol joined the IIFA Awards party at Madame Tussauds Singapore. Her figure is the newest addition to the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards Experience, an interactive zone where you can surround yourself with A-list Bollywood stars and experience stardom. The Bollywood legend herself came to ...

Entertainment »

Leading actors joining the voice over industry gives me hope: Pallavi Bharti


The existence of voice over artists was established only after popular names like Ranveer Singh, Bhuvan Bam and Sharad Kelkar dubbed for the leading characters of blockbuster movies. Pallavi Bharti - who herself is an immensely experienced and talented artist in the field - feels that the involvement of popular ...

International »

Florida, Alabama, Mississippi declare emergency ahead of storm


Reuters, Washington :Florida, Alabama and Mississippi declared states of emergency on Saturday as Subtropical Storm Alberto drove north toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, threatening to bring heavy rainfall and flooding to the coastal states by Monday.The first named Atlantic storm of 2018 is expected to intensify and bring wind speeds ...

Football »

Platini says FIFA must now end his ban, but probe goes on


Former UEFA president Michel Platini said Saturday he hoped FIFA would lift his ban over a controversial 1.8-million-euro payment after Swiss prosecutors said they had found no evidence so far to incriminate him."I hope that FIFA will have the courage and the decency to lift my suspension," Platini told AFP ...

Football »

Colombia`s national soccer team coach Jose Pekerman greets a boy next to James Rodriguez (right) and Radamel Falco Garcia, second from right, prior to an exhibition match at the Nemesio Camacho stadium in Bogota, Colombia on Friday. Colombia will warm up and play a friendly match against Egypt in Italy before heading to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


Editorial »

Anti-Terrorism special tribunals not working for quick disposal


NEWS media reported that the two Anti-terrorism Special Tribunals formed last month for quick trial of militancy and terrorism cases are now working at a snail's pace. A small number of cases have been transferred to the tribunals while shortages of courtrooms and manpower are acute. After forming the tribunals ...

Entertainment »

Apu Biswas making comeback


Entertainment Desk :The actress, who kept herself away from the silver screen for family reasons, will be seen in Debashish Biswas's upcoming directorial venture Shashurbari Zindabad-2. The film's shooting will begin this week, informed Apu. 'I am looking forward to make my comeback through Debashish Biswas' upcoming film Shashurbari Zindabad-2, ...

Entertainment »

Deepika, Ranveer are likely to marry on Nov 19


After Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja's big fat Punjabi wedding, looks like another popular couple is ready to tie the knot soon.Ever since the beginning of 2018, rumors of Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone tying the knot have been sending fans into a tizzy. We've been hearing news of guests ...

City »

BNP Standing Committee Member Dr Khondkar Mosharraf Hossain, among others, at a protest rally organised by Bangladesh Jatiya Dal at the Jatiya Press Club on Saturday demanding release of BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and other leaders of the party.


International »

S Korea relieved about Trump-Kim summit revival efforts


AP, Seoul :South Korea on Saturday expressed cautious relief about the revived talks for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following a whirlwind 24 hours that saw Trump canceling the highly-anticipated meeting before saying it's potentially back on.The statement by Seoul's presidential office ...

Editorial »

Narcotics sale continues despite countrywide crackdown


NARCOTICS trade continues unabated at some of the hotspots in the capital with drug dealers continually changing their tactics in the face of the ongoing nationwide anti-drugs crackdown. The people involved in the illicit trade have become vigilant, but sales haven't stopped. It is, however, difficult to comment about the ...

Back Page »

Fear Allah


Abdul Muqit Chowdhury :The Holy Quran reveals : This is the Book ; /in it is guidance sure, without doubt, /to those who fear God;/who believe in the Unseen/Are steadfast in prayer, /and spend out of what We/Have provided for them;/And who believe in the Revelation/Sent to thee,/And sent before ...

Cricket »

Pakistan bowl England out for 184, reach 50-1 in reply


AP, London :Pakistan provoked England's latest batting collapse by combining disciplined bowling with superb catching before showing resistance in its reply to dominate the opening day of the first test at Lord's on Thursday.A new international season started with some familiar problems for England, which stumbled to 43-3 after winning ...

City »

Textile Garments Workers Federation formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Friday to meet its various demands including reopening of Mastext Mills in Turag.


.

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news