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Don’t fret too much about North Korea’s missiles

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08.07.2017

Soldiers gather in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, July 6, to celebrate the test launch of North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile two days earlier. Analysts say the missile tested July 4 could reach Alaska if launched at a normal trajectory.

©Jon Chol Jin/The Associated Press

“American bastards would be not very happy with this gift sent on the July 4 anniversary,” said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un about his country’s first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Wednesday.

And, indeed, Americans are not happy about it, although it would be overstating the case to say that panic is sweeping the United States at the news that North Korea’s ICBMs can now reach America.

One reason for the lack of public panic is that Alaska is not a central concern for most Americans, and Alaska is the only part of the United States that North Korea’s Hwasong-14 missile can actually reach.

Another reason is that the U.S. authorities insist that North Korea’s nuclear weapons are too big and heavy to fit on its ICBMs. (It’s not clear whether they have actual intelligence that confirms this, or are just whistling in the dark.)

And a third reason might be that Americans are secretly embarrassed by the sheer hypocrisy of their own government’s position in this affair.

Well, no, not really. The vast majority of Americans are blissfully unaware that there is any hypocrisy involved in demanding that North........

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