The United States has spent billions on a system that is designed to intercept missiles speeding towards our borders. It has been tested nine times, and worked less than half of those times. On Tuesday this week, the Defense Department hopes to prove they have improved their system by destroying a mock warhead.
Hopefully it works well, because the North Koreans have delivered a new challenge. North Korea has test-fired a series of missiles based on a technology that would give the United States little warning of an attack. The new missiles use solid fuels that enables them to be rolled out from hideaways and launched within minutes. Intercepting these missiles would be even more difficult than what the Americans are used, given that the flawed system works best with early alerts from satellites.
These missiles are also slightly different than what we are used to seeing from North Korea; whose missile launches usually end up falling prematurely into the sea or exploding. Their recent tests have proved successful, and why they have never tested an intercontinental missile, they have claimed they can strike the United States.
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Do we think North Korea poses any type of real threat to the United States or allies? Do we think North Korea has had any help producing this new technology from their allies? Would armed conflict create an international economic crisis?