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The U.S. pledges to protect its Pacific allies from nuclear attack by providing a “nuclear umbrella.” So far it’s worked. The umbrella keeps a lid on proliferation. And countries like Japan build Nissans instead of Nukes.
Folding the Nuclear Umbrella
But if the only country to know what a nuclear hit feels like wanted to go it alone, it could. Walter Russell Mead speculated in the WSJ that Japan might be able to build the bomb in a matter of months. But since it can’t be dropped from a Nissan, delivery could be problematic.
Still, shooting missiles over Japan might be a good way to get things started.
North Korea launched an ICBM that flew 2,400 miles high. Experts say that with a flatter trajectory the Hwasong-14 missile could reach the continental United States. However, it may not survive re-entry. If that makes you feel better.
Another ICBM Launch
Meanwhile, Iran launched a satellite carrying a rocket into space. The Pentagon thinks Iran could use the same technology to launch and ICBM carrying a nuke. So, in retaliation, the U.S. launched more sanctions on Iran.
That’s two out of three for the old Axis of Evil.
Could be Kim Jong Un learned a lesson from Moammar Gadhafi. Gadhafi gave up his nuclear program when he saw what happened to Saddam Hussein. Bad move on his part.
Here’s a CNBC piece titled How the miserable death of Moammar Gadhafi factors into Kim Jong Un’s nuclear ambitions.