Could America Stop a North Korean Nuclear Weapon Headed for the Homeland?

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Could America Stop a North Korean Nuclear Weapon Headed for the Homeland?Here’s what happens if the North pulls the trigger.Dozens upon dozens of missiles take flight.For years, the world had heard warnings, but most doubted the day would ever come. Most fall before allied defenses, but one missile finds its mark — it’s the one that matters most. In a flash, hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people perish.(This first appeared in The Daily Caller here back in late 2017.)Would North Korea fire off a nuclear weapon? No one knows for certain, but what we do know is that the above scenario is exactly what an aggressive and increasingly-powerful North Korea has been threatening for decades. While the reclusive regime may have previously lacked the necessary weaponry, the North now has the kind of capabilities to turn at least some of its threats into promises.The U.S. and its East Asian allies have strategic defense assets in position, but war is full of uncertainties. “People think missile defenses are a magic wand. They aren’t,” Jeffrey Lewis, a renowned arms expert, told The Daily Caller News Foundation (TheDCNF).Here’s what happens if the North pulls the trigger.What Would Happen If A Launch Appeared Imminent?The U.S. and its allies in the region are by no means unprepared for a North Korean nuclear attack.The U.S. and South Korea both have preemptive strike plans for a situation in which a North Korean nuclear attack appears imminent, and while Japan is considering new options, it still relies heavily on U.S. defense.


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