Last week, North Korea conducted its most successful missile test ever. Their achievement is not only a threat to the United States, but to Canada as well.
While the Hwasong-12 missile that was tested on Sunday did not have the range to strike North America, but the 800 kilometers, it traveled towards east would be enough to strike the United States Anderson Air Force on the Pacific island of Guam.
In addition, North Korea threatened that their missiles have the ability to strike the North American mainland. While that might be a false claim, but such things should not be laughed off.
North American observers have downplayed the significance of North Korea’s forays into nuclear tests.
Just because few tests have failed or significantly underperformed, people take them lightly. But North Korea is slowly making progress.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have an eye on the situation. “We are worried about the dangerous and unstable North Korean regime, period,” the PM told the media last month.
Seismic readings prove that North Korea’s underground nuclear detonations have been gaining in kiloton yield. Now reports say that they can get a major missile up and over in the direction of a target.
According to North Korean state news, the missile made it to an impressive altitude of 2,111 kilometers, and traveled 787 kilometers in the direction of Russia.
If they strike the U.S. base even accidentally, it would mean war.
Whatever response happens to North Korea’s aggression, Canada will play some role in it. Currently, members of five Canadian forces are stationed along the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating North Korea from South Korea.
If things go bad, the DMZ will be the key spot. Canadian diplomats told Sun Media’s Anthony Furey, they suspect that they will be asked to perform support duties rather than bolster the DMZ presence.
“But the simple fact we are involved there in the first place, have a history there and are a part of the conversation, no matter how small, means we will be involved when trouble goes down.”
Canada has to be prepared for the fact that the U.S. could ask for more contribution. However, small the effort “We should make a non-partisan show of rising to the occasion.”
The latest test launch was not an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that can strike Washington, New York, Toronto or Ottawa. But they are heading in that direction.
North Korea’s recent military parade showed that they had ICBM canisters. This was a clear message to the world, either they had them already, which is highly doubtful or that they are working to acquire them.
North Korea may also attempt an electromagnetic pulse attack over North America that could be done by detonating a nuclear weapon from a North Korean satellite that is already in space and routinely passes over key targets.
“This would, as I explain in my forthcoming book Pulse Attack, take down the electrical grid both in the U.S. and in Canada and potentially cause widespread societal collapse, said Anthony Furey.
There are a lot of unknowns concerning the hermit kingdom’s current abilities. What we do know though is enough that Canada should beware, he added.