U.S. Army Lt. Gen. (ret.)
Patrick O’Reilly. (MDA)
(CNSNews.com) – Although Communist North Korea has threatened to attack the island of Guam — a U.S. territory in the Pacific — with Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), a former top military official and missile expert told CNSNews.com he is confident that Guam can defend itself from such an attack.
“Guam is very heavily protected by missile defense systems at sea and also on the ground,” said retired Army Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly. “They are very proven missile defense systems.”
As for the four ICBMs—potentially containing mini-nuclear warheads—that North Korea has threatened to launch at the United States, O’Reilly said they do not constitute a major threat.
North Korea “would need an awful lot more than four [ICBMs] to be a serious threat to us,” he said.
North Korean ICBMs. (AP/VOA News)
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