It will take 14 minutes for a ballistic missile to reach Guam from North Korea. That is 14 minutes for the U.S. .ilitary to try to shoot it down. A mere 14 minutes that could result in World War III. If Kim Jong un follows through with his threat to fire missiles near the U.S territory of Guam, within 14 minutes the U.S. military will likely attempt to shoot them down, and put the world in a global standoff.
North Korea is threatening to shoot missiles near Guam, not neccessarally at the island nation, but the U.S. military will have just 14 minutes to decide if the missiles are inbound to the island or going to hit the ocean around them. Either way, if the U.S. shoots them down, that will likely escalate the standoff, and push North Korea to actually launch missiles towards U.S. interests, Guam, Japan, South Korea, Alaska, even the mainland United States.
In reality, the U.S. will have a little more than 14 minutes. Thanks to spy satellites and U.S. surveillance, the government is watching North Korea as they prepare for a missile launch, according to MSN. However, it is not a lot more time.
If missiles fly towards Guam, whether they are pointed at the island or near the island, it is likely the Pentagon, and President Donald Trump would view them as a threat at attempt to shoot them down. It is a good bet U.S. missile defense systems are on high alert, 24 hours a day when it comes to North Korea. The U.S. will not take a chance that the missiles could hit anything, whether they are carrying a warhead or not.
According to North Korea, they are planning on targeting the waters about 19 to 25 miles off the coast of Guam. And the treat from North Korea brought an ominous response from President Trump. During a press conference, Trump said that if North Korea does not stop with their threats, the U.S. would respond with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” It is unclear if the president is planning on military action in response, sanctions, missiles, or bombing North Korea, but his words have the American public on edge.
Guam, South Korea, and Alaska all have THAAD missile defense systems in place. The system is designed to target and destroy incoming missiles as the enter their final phase of flight toward its target. So far, following 15 tests, the THAAD system has destroyed all 15 practice targets. A missile from North Korea could become its first actual active target, and could also take the world into World War III.
By Cletus Dillwood
Photo Courtesy The U.S. Army Ralph Scott/Missile Defense Agency/U.S. Department of Defense