According to a study, North Korea could launch a nuclear weapon at the US in the next few minutes

by Subhechcha Ganguly

North Korean Missile: The study made use of the fictitious launch of a North Korean Hwasong-15 missile, a weaponized missile with a 13,000 km maximum range. only 33 seconds. True, according to a CNN article on a Chinese analysis, a missile launched from North Korea could reach the US in around 33 minutes. Chinese scientists simulated a North Korean missile attack on the US, according to a report citing Open Nuclear Network analyst Tianran Xu. After this, the analysis discovered that, assuming missile defence systems did not successfully intercept it, the nuclear missile could strike mainland UD in 33 minutes. Targets on the US’s east and west coasts would be simple to reach, according to the study.

About 20 seconds after the missile is launched, the US missile defence headquarters would receive a warning, and within 11 minutes, the first group of American interceptor missiles would fire from Fort Greely in Alaska. If the first wave of interceptors fails, a second wave would be launched from the Californian Vandenberg Space Force Base. According to the analysis, there are vulnerabilities in the American missile defence system that might be used against it. The system has only been 55% effective, and the US “cannot be relied upon to protect itself against even a very limited strike,” according to the Centre for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.We cannot be certain that our missile defence system would stop North Korea from launching a nuclear-armed ICBM against the United States, said Frederick K. Lamb, a professor of physics at the University of Illinois, to CNN.

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