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Could North Korea launch nuclear missiles into space? It’s technically possible to do so, but more stable nations like Russia and China consider it an unrealistic plan because of the potential for destroying their own satellites in orbit, or ones that they rely on for infrastructure.
North Korea’s government, however, has the missile technology, and it is known for being unpredictable and not always rational. Lately, with the instability President Trump brings to the US side, experts have been worried about both missiles in general and nuclear weapons.
Space may be North Korea’s next target
North Korea has both missile technology and nuclear capabilities, and recently launched several missiles into the Sea of Japan in an exercise they claimed was a drill aimed at US bases in Japan. Missile defense and the ability to detect and intercept enemy missiles are extremely important to both the US and the North Korean military. US experts believe that satellites in space may make an attractive target, because of the roles they can play in surveillance and detection of missiles.
However, space is full of satellites, both civilian and military. Nuking satellites in orbit would not only be extremely obvious to observers all over the globe, but it would also be imprecise and run the risk of destroying more than you want destroying. GPS, television, and communications are just a couple of examples of how we use satellites to make modern life work. All these industries would potentially be disrupted by a North Korean launch. The orbits around the earth are surprisingly full of objects launched from many countries around the world, as well as debris from ones that are no longer functional.
Another more niche concern is that the search for extraterrestrial life would be interrupted. Observers looking for aliens rely on observations from space, including those from satellites, as well as images and scans made from earth that would be potentially interfered with by a large explosion in orbit, especially one that involved radiation.
The rest of the world will have to hope for Kim Jong-Un to listen to common sense advice and avoid collateral damage, but with North Korea on the offensive and the recent rise of unpredictability in Washington, it’s not too far-fetched to believe the next frontier in long distance missile detection will be space.