Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Study: North Korea’s Missiles Built for Show, Can’t Hit US Mainland Yet
Fake it to make it? This guy does have a lot in common with Trump. Next up junk bond funding of missile bases. The point is maybe we can defer the worry about being under that gun. What we can not do is defer proper policy and actions.
Calculations we have made—based on detailed study of the type and size of the rocket motors used, the flight times of the stages of the rockets, the propellant likely used, and other technical factors—indicate that these rockets actually carried very small payloads that were nowhere near the weight of a nuclear warhead of the type North Korea could have, or could eventually have. These small payloads allowed the rockets to be lofted to far higher altitudes than they would have if loaded with a much-heavier warhead, creating the impression that North Korea was on the cusp of achieving ICBM capability.
In an interview with Newsweek, Postol called the missiles a “hoax”—presumably one intended to increase North Korea’s bargaining power—but that language does not appear in the report itself