U.S. CAN SHOOT DOWN

New Straits Times - - Opinion -

THE de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in re­la­tions be­tween our c o u n t r y a n d No r t h Korea over the Kim Jong-nam case has raised the pos­si­bil­ity of a war, even if re­mote.

North Korea is known to have nu­clear ca­pa­bil­i­ties, with its Tae­podong-3 ICBM (in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile) reach­ing 12,800km, cov­er­ing two-thirds of the globe.

While De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein’s re­minder of our close ties with many coun­tries as­sures us that they would come to our aid in the event of a war, if an ICBM is launche d from North Korea, we would have only about 20 min­utes be­fore it hits us.

The United States Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class de­stroy­ers are armed with a Stan­dard SM-3 mis-

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