Where could North Korea hit the US? What we know about North Korea's nuclear weapons

The United States recently flew training drills with two supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers on the Korean peninsula, motivating North Korea to claim America is "pushing the situation on the Korean peninsula closer to the brink of nuclear war."

As tension builds between the United States and North Korea, here is what we know about North Korea'a nuclear arsenal and capabilities:

Does North Korea have nuclear weapons?

Yes. It is believed by the Congressional Research Service that North Korea has enough kilograms of separated plutonium for at least half a dozen nuclear weapons, while a 2014 report from the Institute for Science and International Security estimated North Korea could build up to 16 nuclear weapons.

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How far can North Korea's missiles travel?

North Korea possesses intermediate-range missiles that have traveling power of up to 2,000 miles, but the tests the nation has conducted using these missiles have not shown the missiles to travel that far. America believes North Korea is secretly working to develop longer range missiles.

Can North Korean missiles reach the United States?

No. As far as public knowledge provides, North Korea's missiles are unable to reach Hawaii or Alaska, the countries closest to the Korean peninsula.

Does North Korea have an ICBM?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claimed in early January that the nation was close to testing an ICBM. There have been no public indications, though, of such a launch taking place.

Is the United States able to defend itself against a North Korea attack?

America has a strong missile defense system that is built to track and intercept North Korean missile launches. The operational ability of American interceptors remains questionable, given they were put into practice almost a full decade ago.

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