U.S. Destroys Missiles Aimed at America

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U.S. Destroys Missiles Aimed at America
U.S. Destroys Missiles Aimed at America

In a move that many are calling a sign that the U.S. may be anticipating attacks from the foreign country, the U.S. Military officially and successfully tested the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in Alaska just this week. THAAD has a proven record of defending the U.S. against short, medium and intermediate range ballistic missiles launched from both offshore and home soil.

Though the U.S. Military fired the original rocket purely for testing purposes, they did set up the reenactment to closely mimic what might happen if North Korea did send a nuclear missile towards North America.

North Korean Missiles

North Korean leaders have claimed to have the nuclear missile power required to specifically target Alaska, though little hard evidence exists to prove that they have the technology required to make it onto U.S. soil. A single photo of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile allegedly taken in North Korea, spurred on conversation about what would happen if an attack succeeded. North Korea’s last Hwasong-14 test made it only to the Sea of Japan before crashing to the ocean floor after technical issues.

A missile from North Korea would have to travel approximately 4,163 miles to make it into Alaska, greatly lessening the chance of a successful attack. Such an attack even reaching Korea remains purely an estimation, making the THAAD test more of a “just in case” move than a sign of true concern.

This week’s missile defense test made it clear that America does have both the technology and the military prowess to defend itself from nuclear attack should such an attack occur. A single rocket fired from an Air Force C-17 transport aircraft over the Pacific Ocean careened towards Kodiak, Alaska, where it was immediately intercepted and destroyed by the THAAD system during the final phase of flight.

Show of Force

The THAAD testing exercise may have also been a show of force on behalf of the United States; Trump called it “flexing our muscles” when asked about the test. North Korea’s main newspaper, the Rodong, responded by warning the POTUS not to “…play with fire on a powder keg.”

It also commented on the fact that America’s THAAD testing could push North Korea into further action or even all-out nuclear war.

“The US, with its dangerous military provocation, is pushing the risk of a nuclear war on the peninsula to a tipping point.” Rudong journalists also described North Korea as the, “world’s biggest tinderbox.”

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16 COMMENTS

  1. I have often said …. we just await the possession
    of nuclear capability for some nuclear accident
    to happen. I believe that possession has arrived
    and soon some nuclear catastrophe will happen…

    and it can be just as bad with non-nuclear artillery
    striking Seoul. And also back pack nukes….
    which are still around …

  2. Tolerance is a commendable virtue in most cases. In respect to North Korea it isn’t. Play the video of the ‘peace negotiations” at the end of The Korean Conflict when their negotiators spat on and cursed ours. We didnt win that one. We’ll start a more wide spread one next time if we aren’t very careful.

  3. Let’s toast those bastards in North Korea. Stop pussy footing around with lol Kim. We have the capability. Do It now.

  4. ‘THAAD has a proven record…’–wrong!!! THAAD has only been tested and occasionally kills incoming missiles. It’s not 100% foolproof. Like everything in warfare, casualties and probabilities of missile kills are being calculated by the military to weigh the risks of attacking North Korea preemptively. Right now it means sacrificing Seoul which is within artillery range of the North, has nothing to do with missiles. This is all talk for down the line defense of mainland America when Kim gets a deliverable warhead on an ICBM. Meanwhile all we do is ‘talk’ about sanctioning those banks and others which provide vital support to the North Koreans. Only one small China bank has been sanctioned while the big banks go scot free.

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