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Why North Korea's US attack plans are nutty (+video)

US analysts play down threats from North Korea. Photos from Pyongyang that show the paths of possible missile attacks on the US appear to ignore the fact that North Korean missiles won't reach that far.

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“North Korea is such a great country that they haven’t yet realized the earth is round,” wrote one Aviationist reader in a comment on the post.

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Then there are the possible targets indicated by those lines. They include Washington, D.C., Honolulu (base for US Pacific Forces), San Diego (ditto), and  ... somewhere in Texas.


It’s possible the line points to Austin.

“The individuals in North Korea understand that Austin, Texas, is a very important city in North America, as do corporate CEOs and others who are moving here in record numbers,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) told CBS News.

(Way to get a plug in for economic development, Governor Perry!)

But at the Arms Control Wonk blog, nuclear expert Jeffrey Lewis has another theory: The fourth target is San Antonio, home to Air Force Cyber Command.

“The North Koreans have recently been complaining about cyberattacks against their networks,” writes Mr. Lewis.

North Korean state media appear to have been offline for periods in recent months. Last month, the North Koreans issued a statement claiming that US cyberattacks were timed to coincide with US-South Korean military exercises.

If North Korea’s attack map represented true plans, one would think it would target such places as Omaha, Neb., headquarters of US Strategic Command and US nuclear forces, according to Lewis.

“I think it is very interesting that San Antonio makes the top four, but not Omaha. I suppose this should tell us that Kim Jong-un is very, very unhappy about not being able to read [Korean media] on his smart phone,” writes Lewis.


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