The United States military has received President Donald Trump’s backing to shoot down North Korean missiles.
According to a report from The Associated Press (AP), America is ready to destroy any Kim Jong Un’s missile flying within its continent or anywhere around Guam and Hawaii.
The report comes after South Korea speculated another missile launch from Pyongyang on 9 September.
Kim Jong Un’s military detonated a thermonuclear weapon last Sunday, a reckless act which attracted huge criticisms from world leaders who are divided on the use of economic, political or military might to destroy the dictator’s nuclear armament efforts.
A group of selected security officials at the Pentagon reportedly received orders from Mr. Trump in the aftermath of DPRK’s threats last August, sources close to the president’s national security team told Newsmax.
“The threat of firing Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) over Japan and toward Guam, an important U.S. territory, provoked President Donald Trump,” a source knows about the presidential orders confirmed.
After last weekend’s successful test, the communist regime claimed its newest nuclear device can be attached on advanced intercontinental ballistic missiles to reach any target around the world.
Intelligence experts from South Korea said last week that DPRK was moving an ICBM in an apparent preparation for another test launch over the northern Pacific and possibly Japan.
Another national security source also confirmed to Newsmax that Mr. President has taken into consideration the need to shot down any missile launched over Japan or South Korea.
Late last August, Mr. Trump warned the North that their continued threats of an attack would be counteracted “with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
The president added that “things will happen to them like they never thought possible.” He also threatened unequivocally that U.S. forces were “locked and loaded.”
Speaking on Kim Jong Un’s recent provocations, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said: “This is a clear exercise of self-defense, and there’s no question we should do it.”
Bolton was in support of a preempted attack from the US, saying that all U.S. allies in the region, including South Korea and Japan, “are in jeopardy.” In his opinion, Trump’s government must take bold steps to protect them under treaty obligations.
If the U.S. military does act on President Trump’s orders to shoot down a missile, this would be achieved through different U.S. anti-ballistic programs under the aegis of the Missile Defense Agency.
Among a list of war programs is the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), which is said to be 26-year-old and capable of destroying incoming missiles through “hit to kill” interceptors. Its kinetic energy, according to an intelligence expert, explodes the missile on impact.
“It’s called stopping a bullet with a bullet,” the security expert said.
On 29 August, the North made real its threat by launching a missile from Pyongyang. The device was later described as an “ultramodern rocket system” — an intermediate range missile, and the young dictator isn’t done with his experiments yet.
The missile flew over Japanese territory and landed in the Pacific, but world leaders carefully managed Kim’s threatening move.
“There is general consensus in the White House and the Pentagon that North Korea is quite close to the ‘red zone’ and that the U.S. must act soon or lose the upper hand,” a US security official said.
In the aftermath of DPRK’s provocations, the US military carried a test-run by shooting down a ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii.
The technology appears locked and loaded as Mr. President rightly said.