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What would happen if North Korea fired a missile at the US?

It’s a dread that most people in the world cannot overcome because that would be the very start of World War 3. With the rising tension between America and North Korea, related parties all over the world have cited a downright possibility of North Korea attempting to attack America anytime soon, and guess what? America is not taking chances.

According to Fox news  U.S Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis recently responded to this likelihood, saying that “it would be “game on” if North Korea were to fire a missile at the United States or its allies. However, the greatest problem that U.S faces is not retaliating after an attack, but preventing the attack itself.

America has all the necessary weapons needed to overpower North Korea and bring it to its knees. But all angles evaluated, the country cannot possibly stop any missile fired from Korea. Records show that it only takes a span of 33 to 38 minutes. Within that time a missile can fly from North Korea to Los Angeles or Chicago.

Now if the span was any longer, America would be able to neutralize the missile in the air before it hits. However, in such a short time span there’s sadly no Jet fighter that can be launched into position to shoot down a Korean missile before it hits.

Trump’s Urge

President Trump has thus urged the army to result to other protective measures to prevent such a possibility. Some of these measures are outrageous and prove to be way expensive. For instance, the country has started an exercise to position 44 massive ground-based interceptor missiles in Alaska and California. The interceptors can be launched at any time to track and hunt down any missile hurled at America.

The former head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, Vice Adm. James D. Syring has expressed his confidence in the system saying “I’m very confident…that this system can and will defend the homeland if attacked,”

Image By U.S. Navy photo by Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Matthew C. Ruble. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Peter Mukaka