N. Korea can fire nuclear-tipped missile
FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2016, file photo, a man watches a TV news program showing a file image of a missile launch conducted by North Korea, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea now
U.S. intelligence believes North Korea can fire a missile tipped with a miniaturized nuclear warhead. However, they don’t believe the communist nation can hit an intended target—yet. A source within the Pentagon believes that North Korea cannot successfully engineer re-entry through the Earth’s atmosphere and deliver a payload to a specific area, according to the Voice of America.
“It is the threat that keeps me awake at night,” the senior military official said. “And that’s why they continue to test their systems out there.”
The U.S. military has started to field missile defense systems in South Korea and aboard U.S. Navy ships in the Pacific. American allies in the region are also threatened such as Japan, Australia, and the Philippines. Missile defense is America’s ace in the hole and is especially effective against rogue regimes like North Korea that do not have the ability to defeat such systems, as Russia may have.
President-Elect Trump has publically said it is China’s responsibility to put pressure on the hermit nation to control its behavior. For its part, China did recently suspend coal deliveries to the North to voice its displeasure with Pyongyang in a small way.
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Source : washingtontimes
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