There is much about North Korea that is shrouded in mystery.

What exactly are their nuclear capabilities? And how far will Kim Jong Un go to provoke world war?

Well “Mad Dog” Mattis just revealed a secret about their ability to strike the United States that no one wanted to hear.

North Korea recently test fired a Hwasong-15 ballistic missile.

It flew for 50 minutes and landed just 250km off the coast of Japan.

But that was not the most frightening aspect of the test.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis revealed that this missile gives North Korea the ability to strike anywhere in the United States.

Even Washington, D.C. is within range.

CNN reports:

“The Pentagon confirmed earlier Tuesday that North Korea launched what the US military believes to be an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told reporters that the North Korean missile test went “higher, frankly, than any previous shot they have taken.”

Mattis made remarks as he sat in on a meeting with Trump, House Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell. The defense secretary added that North Korea has the ability to hit “everywhere in the world basically.”

Pentagon spokesperson Col. Rob Manning told reporters that the missile was “launched from Sain Ni, North Korea, and traveled about 1,000 kilometers before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan’s Economic Exclusion Zone.”

Donald Trump responded in a tweet saying he had spoken with the Chinese President and more sanctions would be imposed on North Korea and assured the situation “would be handled.”

This mess was dumped into Trump’s lap by Barack Obama.

His policy of “strategic patience” was a miserable failure.

Obama’s inaction allowed the communist nation to march to the edge of threatening the United States with thermonuclear war.

And although North Korea has yet to develop the capability to attach a nuclear warhead to an ICBM that could reach the east coast of the United States, that time is fast approaching.

Will this end with another war on the Korean Peninsula?

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