Matthew Lickona 1:02 p.m., Oct. 28
San Diego is a Target on North Korea's Attack Map
North Korea threatens to strike the United States - San Diego may be on the list.
On Friday March 29, national and international news agencies reported on North Korea's public threat to attack US cities as well as American military bases in Guam, Japan, and South Korea.
North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, signed an order allegedly approving the potential strikes in-part as a response to a recent exercise conducted by the United States involving two nuclear-capable stealth bombers in South Korea.
Photos from the signing event include maps of America in the background showcasing a few cities as targets. Several news agencies refer to an NK News analysis of the photos.
"A composite overlay appears to show San Diego, Washington D.C., Hawaii and possibly Austin as being primary targets in a North Korean attack plan," according to NK News.
A BBC report lays out a recent timeline leading North Korea to it's declaration of war on South Korea, an ally of the United States. The report also includes a map of what is thought to be North Korea's missile ranges. San Diego appears to be out of range. However, Guam, which is home to an important United States bomber base, is in range.
There does not seem to be any government agencies warning San Diegians to be in a heightened state of awareness. If nothing else, North Korea's threat serves as a reminder that San Diego could indeed be a strategic military target - if someone, or group of someones, were looking to attack the United States.
On Saturday, Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, issued a statement about the recent threats.
"We've seen reports of a new and unconstructive statement from North Korea. We take these threats seriously and remain in close contact with our South Korean allies."
Hayden added, "But, we would also note that North Korea has a long history of bellicose rhetoric and threats and today's announcement follows that familiar pattern."
CNN recently aired an analysis of North Korea's missile ranges. The report mentions that the Unha-3 rocket, which successfully launched a Korean satellite into space, has a range of 10,000 kilometers which is "well within striking distance of the United States." It was also pointed out that the Unha-3 rocket has not been tested as a missile.
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