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What Could the US Do to Stop a North Korean ICBM Attack?

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The United States could employ a multifaceted missile defense system to defeat an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched by North Korea, which is reported to be testing a long-range missile soon.

Citing an unnamed government official, Japan's Kyodo news agency this week reported that satellite imagery appears to show North Korea preparing to launch a long-range missile from its Tongchang-ri test site.

North Korea could use the same technology to develop an ICBM capable of reaching major cities in the continental United States. Pyongyang has bragged that it already has the capability to miniaturize a nuclear weapon to fit atop an ICBM – an assessment with which some US military officials agree.

US Senator Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, told Sputnik News that the reported missile tests are an attempt by North Korea to prove that it has the ability to launch a missile across the Pacific at the United States.

If North Korea did launch an ICBM, the United States could turn to the Missile Defense Agency's Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD). The system has the ability to destroy a limited number of incoming missiles in space. There are 30 interceptors currently in place between military bases in Alaska and California, with plans to add an additional 14.

The GMD was tested as recently as this month, but questions about its reliability persist.

The chief of US Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, on Wednesday called for placing an Aegis Ashore system on the Hawaiian Islands.

"I've gone on record as talking about the Aegis Ashore facility in Hawaii. My point on that is it is something that we should consider," Harris told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.

He also said that the US Army should permanently base a terminal high altitude area defense (THAAD) battery in Guam in case of a North Korean attack. Such a weapon, which can intercept missiles inside and outside the Earth's atmosphere, would also be useful against Chinese missiles. Eventually, a THAAD battery could also be stationed in South Korea.

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  • Daniel Feliu Medina
    It would be great that the fucking united States be wipe out from the face of the planet,this bastard and terrorist nation is the root of all evil in this planet,keep calm and nuke America!
  • vendor
    ... squat! Nothing whatsoever. I cannot see the USA doing anything with Korea ever.
  • The us has been spending money on this pacific ABM stuff since Reagan and it's still not working properly. If they're really worried about NK, they can always get in line for an s500. :)
  • ivanwa88
    Maybe that it! trade S500 for disbandment of NATO and withdrawal of all missile batteries within 500 klm of Russian border. Maybe then yanks will feel safe?
  • backfromthegraav
    What a silly article ... North Korea woul not just launch 1 ICBM to US american Aggression / Acts of WAR !

    North Korea would launch 10, 20 50 maybe a 100 ICBM at the aggresive US americans

    Boom Boom Boom BOOM... that was a bigger one ... LOL !
  • backfromthegraavin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    wendigo, Russia does not sell to enemies !
  • backfromthegraavin reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)
    ivanwa88, Far too light an offer !

    US americans need to rebuild, restore all they have destroyed in thier illegal wars around the world !

    That would be the starting point for any discussion ... seeing that restoration First .. not the usual US american stace .... blah blah blah BS BS BS ... and do nothing !
  • backfromthegraavin reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
    Mother Gorilla, US americans and Peace .... Cheers for the laugh of the DAY !
  • ivanwa88
    Im thinking put it in Cuba with joint crew acting on joint command.
  • Mother Gorillain reply tobackfromthegraav(Show commentHide comment)
    backfromthegraav, I'll give you another one, at least during WWII they had real officers who truly led their soldiers and inspired loyalty and commitment. Watch great movies like The Bridge on the River Kwai. There were even some German officers who rebelled against Hitler. Nowadays with the Americans at the top and the whole chain of command of NATO, generals are like lieutenants, they have hardly anything to say, can't resist and they and their men are losing their jobs to drones. Wimps with no backbone left.
  • backfromthegraavin reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
    Mother Gorilla, Great movies ... That says it all .... US americans think Hollywood films are accurate documentaries ... just that some have not happened yet !

    US americans are only interested in war and kill ... please do not insult me and say it is those in washington ,,, it is the citizens millions every year that go and murder !
  • linebackerk
    There is not much the US can do about the ICBMs. North Korea now is going beyond the ICBMs and is focusing on developing attack submarines as Mr. Kim Jung Un laid out the plan for the national defense in a recent meeting. Not sure if US would be able to continue to conduct annual military exercises with south korea to simulate an invasion of North Korea. It is a dangerous time for the US and a single mistake by the US would be the end of south korea. Keep in mind that North Korean nuclear intermediate missiles can reach Tokyo in less than 5 minutes as Japan would become a base for war supplies in Korean war and Washington DC would be in the range of North Korean ICBMs.
  • Mother Gorillain reply tobackfromthegraav(Show commentHide comment)
    backfromthegraav, have you ever lived in the U.S.? How many Americans do you know personally?
  • backfromthegraavin reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
    Mother Gorilla, Personnally ..around 100; Yes and I know some people that have been murderd by US americans who volunteered and donned the US American Army uniform !
  • Mother Gorillain reply tobackfromthegraav(Show commentHide comment)
    backfromthegraav, and they are all killers?
  • backfromthegraavin reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
    Mother Gorilla, Luckily NO .... but as said 100 ... there are 300,000,000 (plus) in US america !

    what is 2,000,000 US americans citizens serve the US american armed forces every year ... have proud parents, proud wife, girlfriend, boy friend etc
  • Mother Gorillain reply tobackfromthegraav(Show commentHide comment)
    backfromthegraav, like John Wayne the 2 m. start out as good-looking, naive gooddoers, then they become old, sycophantic cynical killers...
  • Blackiein reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
    Mother Gorilla,
    Good movie, old school.
  • Blackiein reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
    Mother Gorilla,
    Hi,
    Did you see" Body bags two"? .
  • Mother Gorillain reply toBlackie(Show commentHide comment)
    Blackie, yes, I wept all through it from start to finish. The way they bombed these foreign places and then carried their own bodies home in them body bags, but not those of those poor Vietnamese, or Syrians, as it were, as if they didn't have any schooling, certainly not old-school. :)
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