North Korean missile advances put new stress on US defenses
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea’s newly proven missile muscle puts Alaska in reach of possible Pentagon missile and defense points like never before. Even more disturbing is perhaps only a matter of time before North Korea does not grant a longer ICBM rank with a nuclear head, putting the entire United States in danger.
The Pentagon has spent tens of thousands developing what it calls a limited defense against missiles capable of reaching the soil of the United States. The system has never faced a battle or fully tested. The system has succeeded on May 30 in its first attempt to intercept a simulated intercontinental ballistic missile, but not in the face of more realistic conditions.
Although Russia and China have long been able to address the United States with nuclear weapons, North Korea is considered the most troubling threat. His opaque and unpredictable government often confuses US intelligence assessments. And North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has openly threatened to strike the United States, although he shows no interest in nuclear negotiations or missiles.
“We should be worried,” said Philip E. Coyle III, former head of the Pentagon’s test and evaluation office. North Korea’s ultimate success, he said, “shows that time is not on our side.”
US officials believe that North Korea is still far from being able to miniaturize a nuclear Oggie standing on top of an intercontinental missile. And it is unclear whether technology and experience have been developed to adequately protect the warhead from the extreme heat they experienced as it enters Earth’s atmosphere on its way to a target.
A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain Jeff Davis said Wednesday, “We have not yet seen a number of things that would indicate a complete threat,” including a demonstrated ability to join a nuclear warhead to an intercontinental ballistic missile. “But it is clear that they are working on it. Obviously, they try to do it. This is a research and development program for their aggression.”
The administration of triumph, as its last predecessors, put their money in the diplomacy to stop and North Korea’s nuclear program inverse. While the Pentagon has a very developed plan if military force is ordered, the approach is considered unsustainable because it endangers millions of civilians in South Korea.
But diplomacy has failed so far. This is why American missile defenses could soon come into play.
The Pentagon has a total of 36 missile interceptors underground in the military bases in Alaska and California, due to the increase of 44 at the end of the year. These interceptors can be launched on the advice of a missile headed to the United States.
An interceptor rises to target depending on tracking data from radar and other electronic sensors, and is supposed to destroy the target with an impact force out of Earth’s atmosphere. At times he seemed to have hit a bullet with a bullet, the collision was supposed to incinerate the target’s warhead, neutralize its nuclear explosive power.
This technology called “hit-to-kill” has been in development for decades. Despite its progress, the Pentagon is not convinced that the current system is suitable for North Korea advanced defensive for the progress of missiles.
“The pace of the threat is growing faster than I thought in the first review of ballistic missile defense in 2010,” said Rob Soofer, who helps examine missile defense, the Senate Armed Services told the subcommittee. last month. Beyond what the US authorities have publicly said about the nuclear threat of North Korea, said the classified photo “is even more serious.” Soofer gave no details.