Experts: N. Korean Missile Can Reach Seoul in Six Minutes

Write : 2017-05-17 18:55:10 Update : 2017-05-17 19:40:40

Experts: N. Korean Missile Can Reach Seoul in Six Minutes

The Associated Press(AP) reports that it takes zero to six minutes for a North Korean missile to hit Seoul, around ten minutes to hit Japan and 30 to 39 minutes to reach the capital of the United States.

The AP revealed the data on Wednesday, citing David Wright, scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and missile analyst Markus Schiller at ST Analytics, a space technology and rocketry consulting company in Germany.

The two experts said if North Korea launches a strike against South Korea using its conventional artillery north of the Demilitarized Zone, the first wave of shells could land with essentially no warning.

They explained such battery attacks would not reduce Seoul to "a sea of ashes" as the North has claimed, however, the damage would be considerable.

Seoul has Patriot missile defense batteries, but the experts said they are intended to protect against short-range Scud missiles and would not help against an artillery attack.

They pointed out that the U.S. THAAD antimissile system deployed in South Korea is not designed to protect Seoul from either artillery or incoming missiles from its current site.

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