If North Korea decided to launch a missile at the United States, President Trump would only have 10 minutes to decide what to do.
Although NK’s missiles program is a long way off, failing at most launch attempts, the United States did receive credible information that their arsenal and development is growing at a much faster pace than expected.
Scientist David Wright said: “The timelines are short. Even for long-range missiles, there are a lot of steps that go into detecting the launch and figuring out what it is, leaving the president with maybe 10 minutes to decide whether to launch a retaliatory strike.”
The Daily Mail reports:
North Korea’s latest missile test marks a significant step forward towards Kim Jong-un‘s regime producing an ICBM capable of hitting the US mainland, experts have warned.
The dictator’s defence ministry fired a missile named Hwasong-12 on Sunday night which soared 489 miles (787 km) reaching a height of 1,312 miles (2,111 km).
The test ‘represents a level of performance never before seen from a North Korean missile’, John Schilling, an aerospace expert, said in an analysis on the US-based 38 North website.
Sunday’s missile was deliberately fired at the highest angle to avoid affecting neighbouring countries’ security, but had it been launched at a standard trajectory, it would have reached at least 2,500 miles (4,000km) – almost half the 5,500 miles (8,851 km) required to reach the US mainland.
South Korean Defence Minister Han Min-koo told parliament Sunday’s test-launch was ‘successful in flight’.
Asked if North Korea’s missile programme was developing faster than the South had expected, he said: ‘Yes.’