A new report on North Korea’s nuclear program has some sobering facts for President Trump. Experts say when the North Korean regime improves its missile program, it will leave the President with only ten minutes to respond to an incoming nuclear strike.
While North Korea’s recent missile tests have failed to travel very far, experts say it will not be long before those problems are worked out. Kim Jong-Un’s regime is working out problems with its missiles faster than anticipated, according to reports.
Once North Korea perfects a long range missile, it could hit the U.S. west coast within half an hour, experts say. A missile could hit Washington, D.C. within 30 to 40 minutes. With the time it takes to detect a missile launch and relay the news to Washington, the President could have as little as ten minutes to respond.
Gareth Davies of The Daily Mail reports.
Donald Trump would have just 10 minutes to decide what to do North Korea fired a missile at the US mainland, according to experts.
Although Kim Jong-Un’s arsenal is some way off being able to travel the 5,500 miles needed to reach the US, yesterday it was revealed the nation’s nuclear programme is developing much faster than previously anticipated.
A test launch on Sunday would have reached 2,500 miles if fired at a standard trajectory, prompting leading scientists David Wright and Markus Schiller to analyse what would happen should North Korea strike.
Wright said: ‘The timelines are short. Even for long-range missiles, there are a lot of steps that go into detecting the launch and figuring out what it is, leaving the president with maybe 10 minutes to decide whether to launch a retaliatory strike.’
The dictator’s defence ministry fired a missile named Hwasong-12 on Sunday night which soared 489 miles (787 km) reaching a height of 1,312 miles (2,111 km).
New York and Washington are less than 6,800 miles (11,000 kilometers) away.
That translates to about 30 minutes according to Schiller, or 38-39 minutes by Wright’s estimate.
The United States relies in large part on its Ground-based Missile Defense system, with bases in Vandenberg Air Base in California and Fort Greely, Alaska, to intercept incoming missiles, but also has anti-missile defense systems GMD and THAAD at its disposal.
But critics point out the GMD, which has cost $40 billion, had six out of its nine test intercepts fail between 2002 and 2016.
They claim the strategy has ‘no credible plan for defeating countermeasures’ such as decoys.
‘In its current form, strategic missile defense is a waste of resources at best and dangerous at worst,’ the Union of Concerned Scientists wrote in a report published last year.
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