This is how a North Korean missile could be stopped

The U.S., South Korea and Japan have several lines of defense against North Korean missiles, including the Aegis and THAAD anti-ballistic missile defense systems.

    2017/08/14

NSFW    PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA — The U.S. and its military allies in Asia are preparing for a potential North Korean missile strike at Guam.

The U.S., South Korea and Japan have several lines of defense against North Korean missiles, including the Aegis [d]and THAAD anti-ballistic missile defense systems.

North Korea plans to launch four missiles into waters near Guam on August 15, if Kim Jong-un gives the go ahead. THAAD systems in South Korea could track the missiles by radar, but would not be able to intercept them in space on their trajectory to Guam, according to the New York Times.

The trajectory of the North Korean missiles may also carry them past Japanese Aegis ships in the Sea of Japan. However, U.S. Aegis ships stationed in the western Pacific would stand a better chance of interception.

The last line of defense is the THAAD missile defense system on Guam. The system has a good record in tests, but has never been tested in a real-world scenario.
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