5 questions people are searching about North Korea and the answers

After weeks of escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, threats came to a head on Tuesday, with North Korea making physical threats and President Donald Trump promising “fire and fury” if the aggressions continue.

According to Google Trends, search engine traffic about North Korea is also increasing. The top questions people are asking include “How far can a North Korean missile travel?” and “Why does North Korea hate the U.S.?”

Here are the top questions asked and the answers:

How far can a North Korean missile travel?

Two intercontinental ballistic missiles tested in July were capable of hitting the mainland U.S., according to weapons experts. Experts say both were fired at a steep angle to avoid hitting land and fell into waters off the coast of the Korean peninsula. But at the right angle, the experts said the missiles, in theory, could hit the mainland of the United States.

What happens if North Korea attacks the U.S.?

There’s no way to know the answer to this question, but on Tuesday, President Trump said if North Korea escalated the nuclear threat, they would be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Why does North Korea hate the U.S.?

According to a May 2017 Washington Post article, North Korean children are taught at a young age to hate Americans. Experts told Post reporters that North Koreans live in a war-time mentality. It stems from the brutality of the Korean War.

The Korean War started in 1950. The war stalemated for several years, with both sides – the North backed by China and the south backed by the U.S. – near the 38th parallel. The result was loss of life – 1.2 million deaths are estimated to be the result of the Korean War.

Which U.S. state is closest to North Korea?

North Korea is technically closer to Alaska, but Hawaiians are increasingly concerned about a possible attack from North Korea.

What can North Korea do to the U.S.?

A report that surfaced Tuesday claims North Korea could have as many as 60 nuclear weapons. The report said North Korea may have been able to miniaturize the weapons to fit inside an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Despite the report, there is some question among weapons experts about how a long-range missile would react when re-entering from Earth’s upper atmosphere. The U.S. has conducted several missile-interception tests off the coast of California in recent weeks. The United Nations also voted for steep sanctions against North Korea…

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