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Joshua Pollack
But I would be surprised if this were their very next move. They have yet to test an ICBM at full range into the Pacific. That will probably come first.feedback
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Sep 22 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about ICBM. 62 people are quoted and you can read 102 citations of them about ICBM. Jeffrey Lewis, Joshua Pollack, Michael Elleman and Nikki Haley, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Jeffrey Lewis said: “We imagine [the North Koreans] to be incompetent buffoons, but…statistically speaking they are clocking in at a pretty decent number: Well over 50% of the launches work.”.
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Moon Jae-in

I think the red line is when the North completes an ICBM and weaponizes it by loading it with a nuclear warhead, and it is inching toward that critical red line.feedback

Frank McCall - The Boeing Company

Since the first Minuteman launch in 1961, the U.S. Air Force has relied on our technologies for a safe, secure and reliable ICBM force. As the Air Force prepares to replace the Minuteman III, we will once again answer the call by drawing on the best of Boeing to deliver the capability, flexibility and affordability the mission requires.feedback

Wes Bush

We look forward to the opportunity to provide the nation with a modern strategic deterrent system that is secure, resilient and affordable. As a trusted partner and technical integrator for the Air Force's ICBM systems for more than 60 years, we are proud to continue our work to protect and defend our nation through its strategic deterrent capabilities.feedback

David L. Goldfein - Air Force

Airmen must always be ready in this no-fail mission. As others have stated, the only thing more expensive than deterrence is fighting a war. The Minuteman III is 45 years old. It is time to upgrade.feedback

David Albright

Miniaturisation for ballistic missiles is only one of the many challenges of targeting the U.S. with an ICBM. The re-entry vehicle has to survive and the warhead work. I am sceptical that North Korea has mastered all these steps.feedback

Jim Cramer

At this point, if either side blinks – whether it's us or the North Koreans – we're going to get a rally. I don't want to miss that rally. With that level of cash and gold, I still think your participation in the post-crisis rally will be just fine if things work out as I hope. And even if we need to live with a nuclear, ICBM-armed North Korea for the rest of Kim Jong Un's lifetime, I think the market can handle it.feedback

Joel Wit

North Korea hasn't proven it can do anything in terms of launching an attack against the US or even Guam. We think based on the evidence that that they can probably build a weapon small enough to put on one of their missiles that can reach targets in their region. Whether they can do it with a missile that can reach the US is, I think, unclear. Whether [North Korea] can put a warhead on top of an ICBM today or tomorrow or the week after or the month after, the point is that this train is coming down the tracks. We need to think about that and be ready for it.feedback

Ramesh Thakur

The ICBM comes in at very high speed and has to survive extreme temperatures and extreme vibrations.feedback

Bruce Klingner

An ICBM is more difficult. Most folks think North Korea hasn't demonstrated a [reentry vehicle for the ICBM], but they could do it tomorrow or they could do it next year.feedback

Michael Elleman

Had the RV survived the rigors of re-entry, it would have continued to glow until disappearing behind the mountains. A reasonable conclusion, based on the video evidence, is that the Hwasong-14's re-entry vehicle did not survive during its second test. If this assessment accurately reflects reality, North Korea's engineers have yet to master re-entry technologies and more work remains before Kim Jong Un has an ICBM capable of striking the American mainland.feedback

Donald J. Trump

By threatening the world, These weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people. The United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect our allies in the region.feedback

Michael Elleman

If the bomb itself were exposed to these very severe conditions, it would be torn apart. In short, if the reentry vehicle breaks up, the bomb is not going to be useful – and it's not going to detonate.feedback

Michael Elleman

You see small bright radiant objects that are shedding off the reentry vehicle – and then it suddenly begins to turn very dim. That should not occur. Most likely it broke up into pieces.feedback

Michael Elleman

My guess is they need to do another handful of tests [on the ICBM]. An early deployment next year is possible.feedback

Michael Elleman

At about 20 kilometers (12 miles) above sea level, the RV (re-entry vehicle) has become so hot that it begins to glow as its descent is recorded by the camera. This occurs before the RV passes behind the mountain range and is obscured from the camera's view, indicating that it disintegrated about the time it experienced maximum stressing loads. Had the RV survived the rigors of re-entry, it would have continued to glow until disappearing behind the mountains. No one outside of North Korea knows the precise status of its nuclear-bomb making capabilities.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

We're going to go through at least six months of manufacturing hell. I would certainly advise that you consider prior production ramps, past stories will tend to fundamentally not appreciate that manufacturing is an S-curve. This is an ICBM strike on Fremont.feedback

Cheong Seong-chang

China has weakened its own rationale for opposing the Thaad deployment by failing to use its unique influence with North Korea to stop its second ICBM test.feedback

Adam Mount - Center for American Progress

U.S. policy for 21 years has been to prevent this day from coming, and now it has. North Korea didn't test an ICBM to launch a bolt from the blue against Washington; they're hoping to split the United States from its allies.feedback

Shinzo Abe

As a result of their launches of ICBM-level missiles, this clearly shows the threat to our nation's safety is severe and real. We will immediately analyze information and do our utmost to protect the safety of the Japanese people.feedback

Mark Milley

Time is running out, North Korea is extremely dangerous and it gets more dangerous as time goes by.feedback

Mark Milley

We are trying wide variety of methods [to address the issue] … However, time is running out a bit. North Korea is extremely dangerous and gets more dangerous as the weeks go by.feedback

Scott Kripowicz

Space-launch activities which involve multi-stage systems that further the development of technologies for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) are becoming a more realistic threat. In this region, Iran has successfully orbited small satellites and announced plans to orbit a larger satellite using the Simorgh space-launch vehicle, which could be configured to be an ICBM. Progress in Iran's space programme could shorten the pathway to an ICBM, as space-launch vehicles use similar technologies, with the exception of their payloads.feedback

Su Jong

We will follow the orders of supreme leader Kim Jong Un. We have launched our ICBM and we will be fully prepared. If another war breaks out, we will be celebrating another great victory just like the one we are celebrating today. If the U.S. never touches us, then everything will be OK.feedback

Scott Bray

North Korea's recent test of an intercontinental range ballistic missile -- which was not a surprise to the Intelligence Community -- is one of the milestones that we have expected would help refine our timeline and judgments on the threats that Kim Jong Un poses to the continental United States. This test, and its impact on our assessments, highlight the threat that North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs pose to the United States, to our allies in the region, and to the whole world. The Intelligence Community is closely monitoring the expanding threat from North Korea.feedback

Ed Royce

The Senate did not take up the bill, even after Kim Jong Un launched a new ICBM that could soon be capable of hitting California. Now the House has acted again, by a vote of 419 to 3. Further delay on North Korea is completely unacceptable.feedback

Jon Wolfsthal

We have to deter North Korea from ever using any nuclear weapons and make clear that any move to use these weapons is suicide.feedback

Jon Wolfsthal

The danger is that decision time and warning is greatly reduced when North Korea has the weapons, and that escalation can happen quickly.feedback

Lee Cheol-hee

The speed of North Korea's ICBM missile development is faster than the South Korean Defense Ministry expected.feedback

Nikki Haley

If you need any sort of intelligence to let you know that the rest of the world sees this as an ICBM, I'm happy to provide it. The international community can cut off the major sources of hard currency to the North Korean regime. We can restrict the flow of oil to their military and their weapons programs. We can increase air and maritime restrictions. We can hold senior regime officials accountable.feedback

Jim Cramer

It's kind of an existential issue, because an erratic dictator with an ICBM, he can do a lot of damage before he goes down. But it's hard to see how we can just keep placating North Korea given this development.feedback

Nikki Haley

The United States does not seek conflict. In fact, we seek to avoid it. We seek only the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and an end to the threatening actions by North Korea. Regrettably, we're witnessing just the opposite. Make no mistake, North Korea's launch of an ICBM is a clear and sharp military escalation. The North Korean regime openly states that its missiles are intended to deliver nuclear weapons to strike cities in the United States, South Korea, and Japan. And now it has a greater capacity to do so.feedback

Donald J. Trump

One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them, if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction.feedback

John Park

All of this is creating a panic, if you will, because the ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California, while they have been tested, U.S. government agencies have critiqued the test as not being realistic. There is concern about gap in capabilities there as well as with respect to defense of the homeland.feedback

Dana White

We are monitoring and continuing to assess the situation in close coordination with our regional allies and partners. We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies and to use the full range of capabilities at our disposal against the growing threat from North Korea. The United States seeks only the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Our commitment to the defense of our allies, the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of these threats, remains ironclad.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The United States made some of the worst Trade Deals in world history. Why should we continue these deals with countries that do not help us? Assuming that Beijing actually wants to do it, their ability to control North Korean behaviour is extremely limited. They don't even have direct access to Kim Jong-un. In fact, the timing of the ICBM test, ahead of the G-20 meet is Kim's way of saying that his fate cannot be negotiated by others.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

We imagine [the North Koreans] to be incompetent buffoons, but…statistically speaking they are clocking in at a pretty decent number: Well over 50% of the launches work.feedback

Nikki Haley

Make no mistake, North Korea's launch of an ICBM is a clear and sharp military escalation. Their actions are quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution. The United States is prepared to use the full range of our capabilities to defend ourselves and our allies. One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them, if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction.feedback

Christopher Hill

I think the Trump administration, frankly, is not known for long-term thinking, if I can put it kindly. In the short run, what they're very concerned about is the possibility that North Korea could have an ICBM that could hit the U.S. with a nuclear weapon. And they have to go and explain that to the American people in 2020 at the elections. If I were Donald Trump, I wouldn't want to do that. Obviously, he will blame Barack Obama – he does that on everything. But in this case, I think the American people will indeed ask the question you're asking, which is what is he going to do about it?feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

The United States strongly condemns North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world. We intend to bring North Korea's provocative action before the UN Security Council and enact stronger measures to hold the DPRK accountable. The US seeks only the peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and the end of threatening actions by North Korea.feedback

Christopher Hill

I think what they're really striving for is circumstances where the U.S. president has to look at the possibility of massive U.S. civilian casualties, courtesy of an ICBM hitting US mainland – and looking at that, might think twice about coming to the assistance of the South Korean military.feedback

Masahiro Ichikawa - Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management

U.S. Secretary of State (Rex) Tillerson mentioning North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) early this morning has caused the market to remain cautious. At the same time, the domestic market is retaining a fair degree of calm regarding the situation, while waiting to see how the United States responds to North Korea's actions.feedback

Cheng Xiaohe

The ICBM is not a Chinese red line – even the U.S. does not draw that line clearly and unequivocally.feedback

Minori Uchida - The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

U.S. hi-tech shares have been getting a bit unstable of late and we had an ICBM during U.S. market holiday (on Tuesday). So the markets are becoming a bit risk averse.feedback

John Schilling

Still, this missile demonstrated a degree of performance that is beyond what is needed to reach Anchorage – or Pearl Harbor – but not quite sufficient to reliably reach targets on the U.S. West Coast.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

This is a big deal: It's an ICBM, not a 'kind of' ICBM,' . And there's no reason to think that this is going to be the maximum range.feedback

Victor Cha

In the past five years, we have seen significant, and much more rapid-than-expected development of their ballistic missiles capability.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

It's not a copy of a crappy Soviet engine, and it's not a pair of Soviet engines kludged together – it's the real thing. When they first unveiled the engine on March 18, they said that the 'world would soon see what this means.' I think we're now seeing them take that basic engine design and execute it for an ICBM.feedback

David Wright - European Commission

If the reports are correct, that same missile could reach a maximum range of roughly 6,700 km on a standard trajectory. That range would not be enough to reach the lower 48 states or the large islands of Hawaii, but would allow it to reach all of Alaska. It's already 4th of July in North Korea. I somewhat suspect they're shooting off some fireworks today specifically because of that.feedback

Boris Johnson

This is yet another reminder of the grave danger that North Korea poses to her neighbours, particularly Japan and South Korea, who are our friends and allies. Regardless of the variety of missile launched, any test of this kind breaks UN Security Council resolutions once again.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

It's a very big deal – it looks like North Korea tested an ICBM. Even if this is a 7,000-km-range missile, a 10,000-km-range missile that can hit New York isn't far off.feedback

Jeff Davis - Navy

This is one element of a broader missile defense strategy that we can use to employ against potential threats.feedback

James Syring - the Pentagon

I was confident before the test that we had the capability to defeat any threat that they would throw at us. And I'm even more confident today after seeing the intercept test yesterday that we continue to be on that course. We want to exercise the GMD system with more than one interceptor to gather data for what a first interceptor would do in terms of kill and what the second interceptor would see.feedback

James Syring - the Pentagon

The intercept of a complex, threat-representative ICBM target is an incredible accomplishment for the GMD [Ground-based Missile Defense] system and a critical milestone for this program. This system is vitally important to the defense of our homeland, and this test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat. I am incredibly proud of the warfighters who executed this test and who operate this system every day.feedback

Dan Coats

We do not have constant, consistent ISR capabilities and so there are gaps, and the North Koreans know about these.feedback

Vincent Stewart - Defence Intelligence Agency

If left on its current trajectory, the regime will ultimately succeed in fielding a nuclear-armed missile capable of threatening the United States homeland. While nearly impossible to predict when this capability will be operational, the North Korean regime is committed and is on a pathway where this capability is inevitable.feedback

Nikki Haley

The conversations that I have had ... in dealing with Beijing is that if (North Korea) did something else and if it looked to be long-range, which this does, and if it looks like it is proactively leaning toward an ICBM, which it does, then we would take action. I believe that China will stay true to that and we will come together on how we're going to do that. We have not seen anything from them in the past week but we are encouraging them to continue moving forward.feedback

John Schilling

Would allow North Korea to conduct at least some of the testing necessary to develop an operational ICBM, without actually launching ICBMs, particularly if it includes the same rocket engines.feedback

Thomas O. Karako

They've clearly expressed their intent to have that [ICBM] capability. They've signaled and displayed missiles already that could have that capability. They haven't yet tested it in a full ICBM test. But it's one of those things folks are anticipating because they've come a long way over the past couple of decades.feedback

Joseph Cirincione

This was a promise of future capabilities more than a demonstration of existing missiles. We do not know if there is actually an ICBM in that canister. But it is certainly coming.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

But if it's not an ICBM itself, it's bridge to an ICBM. What's inside those is a mystery too. I think this is that. But this year, with all this other stuff, nobody cares about something that can go only 100 or 200 km.feedback

Cheong Seong-chang

North Korea made sure that the world saw that they are working on ICBMs and what we saw at the military parade was a prototype ICBM that will become the real deal after the necessary tests in the future. The prototype we saw [Saturday] is longer in the length from the ones NK has previously shown the world.feedback

Cristina Varriale

What is very significant is that the North Koreans have paraded two canisters that could possible contain ICBM. We are not sure how far down that path they have got, but now we know they have got the shell capacity.feedback

Cristina Varriale

The development of an ICBM would be particularly concerning for South Korea and Japan, because once the US know they can be targeted at home that may change their calculus as to whether they are prepared to help defend those countries if they are attacked by North Korea. It could be a mock-up – they could just be at the design stage, or they could have gone further. Having a solid fuel missiles means you can launch it far quicker, and it is easier to hide.feedback

Kim Hong-kyun

Both sides agreed that despite the international community's warnings, if North Korea makes strategic provocations such as a nuclear test or an ICBM launch, there should be strong additional measures in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolutions.feedback

John Schilling

An ICBM variant of the Unha could be sufficiently similar to the space launch vehicle in that it would be very likely to succeed, making it a good candidate for a political demonstration even though the Unha would make for a poor missile. Even a failure might put the North on a path to success. This is literally rocket science, one of the archetypal hard problems, and success can only be achieved through perseverance.feedback

Kim Jong-un

Once he sees that there is any kind of sign of a tank or an imminent threat from America, then he would use his nuclear weapons with ICBM. All of my family members were a little bit frightened, you know, on that day. But I always told them that we have to try to be as peaceful as possible. We should carry the normal faces and normal feelings so that our plan of defection should not be noticed by anyone in the embassy.feedback

Karl Dewey - IHS

It appears that an ICBM won't be available until the medium-to-long-term, but the North does have a habit of surprising us.feedback

Karl Dewey - IHS

Using computer modelling, we arrived at the tentative assessment that the reentry vehicle on the [ICBM] could survive atmospheric reentry.feedback

Kim Dong-yub

This was a comprehensive test for the first-stage rocket for an ICBM, and that is why it was dangerous. It appears that North Korea has worked out much of its development of the first-stage rocket booster.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

The ICBM program is real. They've showed us their static engine test. They showed us the mock-up of the nuclear warhead. They have done everything short of actually testing the ICBM. When they do test it, the first time it will probably fail. But eventually it will work. And when it works, people are going to freak out.feedback

Allan von Mehren - Danske Bank

Any remarks made by Trump should be taken with a grain of salt. However, the combination of more hawkish security advisors in the U.S. administration and North Korea's progression in developing an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) that could reach the US with a nuclear warhead points to a rising risk of a military confrontation.feedback

Thomas O. Karako

I think that this particular test, while falling short of an ICBM demonstration, ought be seen as a technological advance. If North Korea is getting solid rocket motors right, then that really is a potential step function to making it harder for the United States to target these things on the ground, because they're more mobile. Moreover if they can get the motors right, and they stack them and configure them with other motors in a multi-stage configuration, you may already have the pieces of an ICBM laying on the ground, even if they've not been tested altogether yet.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

It's not a guarantee, but it's a really important step. It's the straw that stirs the drink. If we get any bright ideas about rolling into Pyongyang, they have this retaliatory capability. And that really enables them to use their theater capabilities much more aggressively because we're not going to want to escalate. So if they have an ICBM capability that they can rely upon, it could be very destabilizing.feedback

Han Min-Koo

We are keeping an eye out, thinking data and technology from the latest test can be applied (to an ICBM).feedback

Reid Hoffman - LinkedIn

Saying you're 'buying a house in New Zealand' is kind of a 'wink, wink, say no more'. Once you've done the Masonic handshake, they'll be, like, Oh, you know, I have a broker who sells old ICBM silos, and they're nuclear-hardened, and they kind of look like they would be interesting to live in.feedback

Joshua Pollack

I don't recognise the missiles from this description. But as we saw in 2016, there's certainly a variety of active missile programmes underway in North Korea.feedback

Joshua Pollack

It's also possible that they are simply conducting field exercises with no plans to launch, or the option to launch if decided.feedback

Narushige Michishita

(North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un said in his New Year speech that North Korea will finalize the process of developing an ICBM, so South Korea knows security cooperation with Japan and the United States is pretty important. But if they are to upgrade cooperation ... the political problem might affect a decision to go ahead, especially on the Korean side.feedback

Ash Carter

We only would shoot them down … if it was threatening, that is if it were coming toward our territory or the territory of our friends and allies.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

There's a warren of tunnels under the nuclear site. And an ICBM can be launched from anywhere in the country because it's mobile. You might as well invade the country.feedback

Melissa Hanham

The bottom line is Pyongyang is much further along in their missile development than most people realize. The liquid engine test was astounding. For years, we knew that North Korea had a Soviet R-27 missile engine design. They re-engineered the design of that engine to double its propulsion.feedback

Melissa Hanham

Marked the year North Korea truly ramped up their WMD programme. I think we're going to see a [ICBM] flight test in 2017.feedback

Joshua Pollack

They're answering the public criticisms of U.S. experts.feedback

Kim Jong-un

Research and development of cutting edge arms equipment is actively progressing and ICBM rocket test launch preparation is in its last stage.feedback

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