U.S. Will Test THAAD Missile Defence System As North Korea Threat Grows

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGQBMRYRKPQ

Spencer Fernando

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