The Americans, as we know, are worried about North Korea's Taepodong-2 missiles, which, on a good day and with the wind behind, could reach the West coast of the USA. For example, from yesterday's news,
North Korea is technically capable of building a long-range missile that can hit the United States despite a test failure last year, a senior US military intelligence official said Tuesday.
Lieutenant General Michael Maples, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said North Korea has probably learned from the failure of its Taepodong-2 missile during a test in July, and made changes to its other missiles. [Breitbart]
But did you know that London is closer to Pyongyang than Pyongyang is to Los Angeles?
Pyongyang to Los Angeles: 9569km (5946 miles, 5167 nautical miles)
Pyongyang to London: 8690KM (5400 miles, 4692 nautical miles)
Other European cities such as Paris, Rome and Berlin are closer still. Which leaves me wondering why the US is so heavily engaged in trying to disarm the DPRK and we, the Europeans, are not.
p.s. The DPRK's missile-launch site is, of course, not in Pyongyang but further to the north-east. The underlying point remains the same.