As the threat from North Korea’s ever advancing missile program continues to grow, the United States will soon be testing their THAAD missile system near their home-front.
As reported by Reuters, “The test will be the first of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) to defend against a simulated attack by an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), one of the officials said. The THAAD interceptors will be fired from Alaska.”
The Alaska missile defence location has taken on a new significance, as there are fears the latest missile tested by North Korea could reach Alaska and part of western North America – Canada included.
While it is believed that North Korea cannot yet pair a nuclear payload with a long-range ICBM, it is only a matter of time before they attain that capability.
With no clear end in sight to the North Korea struggle, missile defences have taken on a new significance.
The United States has also deployed the THAAD missile system in South Korea – the country with the most to lose.
U.S. adding more missile defences
As noted by Reuters, “In a sign of U.S. congressional concern about missile defense, several lawmakers filed amendments to a sweeping defense policy bill on Friday that addressed North Korea.”
A study of potential missile locations in the East Coast and Midwest is also being planned.
A few days ago, the U.S. and South Korea conducted a joint offensive-missile drill to send a message after North Korea’s latest test: