US Allies Can Shoot Down Missiles From North Korea



Things are heated on the Korean peninsula, and while there's plenty of talk from the North about launching a "cutting edge strike" on the United States, America and its allies are far from defenseless.





"The United States maintains an array of forward deployed missile defense capabilities in the Republic of Korea," Lt. Col. Cathy Wilkinson, a defense spokesperson told Business Insider. "The Republic of Korea also has significant missile defense capabilities. While I can't disclose further operational details, I can tell you that we and our allies are well postured to defend against North Korean provocations."



South Korea and Japan currently have the Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target system, better known as the PATRIOT. It's a highly mobile system that can be set up in under one hour.

First designed for an anti-aircraft role in the late 1970s, the Patriot was later modified to defend against ballistic missiles. With a radar that can pick up incoming missiles more than 60 miles away and armed with a high-explosive warhead, it's designed to launch missiles that detonate and produce shrapnel when it gets close to a threat, according to PBS.

The PATRIOT system was used extensively during the first Gulf War against Iraqi SCUD missiles, with varying degrees of success. In Operation Iraqi Freedom, however, they worked extremely well.





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North Korea Tells foreigners to 'Get Out' by April 10

All government embassies have been instructed to evacuate staff from Pyongyang after dictator Kim Jong-un warned he could not 'guarantee the safety of foreigners.' The rogue communist state issued a deadline of April 10 to every government that is represented in North Korea in a dramatic new escalation of the nuclear crisis.

The British Foreign Office confirmed it had been told its staff were at risk while Russia said it was in 'close contact with the U.S, China and South Korea' about airlifting workers out. Advice for tourists is set to change after North Korea moved a second missile to its east coast, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

About two dozen countries have embassies in North Korea - the U.S. doesn’t currently have diplomatic relations with North Korea and the State Department told MailOnline it doesn’t have a figure on the number of Americans who may be in the country.

U.S. citizens in the country are likely to include adventure seeking tourists and some defectors and prisoners who remained following the end of the Korean War in the 1950s. Sweden acts as the protecting power of U.S. interests in North Korea for consular matters.

The range of the missile is unknown - yesterday the rogue state moved a missile with a range of 3,000km (1,800m) to the same area which is within firing distance of Japan - and claimed it would be ‘merciless’ against its enemies.



Both missiles have been loaded on to mobile launchers and hidden in special underground facilities, according to a government official. 'The North is apparently intent on firing the missiles without prior warning,' he added.
 
 

Russia's foreign minister says Moscow doesn't understand why North Korea has suggested that Moscow and other countries close their embassies in Pyongyang, and he says he's concerned about the high tensions on the Korean peninsula.

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