United States missile defense plans to zap North Korean threats

Judith Bessette
Julho 17, 2017

Greitens is not confident that strategy will work but she says it's the best one the USA has.

The test was the first by THAAD against a missile that is faster and more hard to target than shorter-range missiles. In essence, THAAD hits one bullet with another.

North Korea said on Friday it will take "corresponding measures" if the UN Security Council adopts another sanctions resolution in response to the North's test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last week.

Last Tuesday, the US military successfully intercepted a simulated intermediate-range ballistic missile using the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system similar to one being deployed in South Korea.

The mainstream media has been keen to focus on North Korea's nuclear program and rightly so; the danger of their conventional weapons is often ignored.

The main reason that Russian Federation has adopted a more conciliatory stance toward North Korea, though, is that the Kremlin interprets Pyongyang's behavior very differently than does Washington or its allies.

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"The reality is, missile defense is expensive", says Dr. Greitens. The missile is believed to have the capability of reaching Alaska and some of the western states. First, Russia's preferred strategy to combat the North Korean threat contrasts markedly with Washington's use of coercive diplomacy. However, such a message has second and third order consequences.

European Union foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini, with the backing of Sweden, Ireland and others, has been looking at how the European Union could promote discussions to help avert conflict over North Korea. Making matters worse, there are no good options going forward. He is effectively the warden of the single largest prison on the planet, and everything the Kim regime does is to further maintain and secure power. The United States and South Korea have always done them as part of an alliance that's in US law. He pledged on television that his "showdown with USA imperialists has reached its final phase".

The big hope has been that China, North Korea's main trading partner, would take greater actions to cut off Pyongyang's economic lifeline. Like Beijing, Moscow has no interest in seeing the North Korean government replaced by a unified Korea allied with the United States.

Each satellite could be configured to carry multiple rockets and to defend itself from anything North Korea would use to try counter it, Obering said. If North Korea can make the prospect of war unacceptable, they can ensure the survival of their regime, at least militarily.

There is no such thing as flawless missile defense system, however. We can not possibly shoot down every missile, and even if only one gets through the results would be catastrophic. The two countries trade products such as coal and oil, which are particularly valuable for energy-poor North Korea. North Korean artillery and rocket batteries have had South Korean and US defensive positions targeted for decades.

"North Korea, I believe, is rational". The failure rate that we have seen is not uncommon.

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