In response to the growing threat North Korea poses, the United States Military has announced another missile test will be conducted. Warnings have been issued by the U.S. Coast Guard to clear the sea lanes in Alaska in preparation for the missile launch.

How will the U.S. prevent an attack from North Korea?

The Pentagon received information that North Korea is in the process of conducting another missile test though no date was specified. However, unlike the previous launches, this will be attempted from one of its Soviet-era submarines. There are no reports on what kind of missile the North Korean military will use, but it is most likely to be a variant of the Hwasong -14, which was last launched on the 4th of July.

Though the said missile type is not capable of hitting the U.S. mainland, it has enough range to attack Alaska, Guam, and Hawaii. It is because of this that the local government in Hawaii had opted to conduct public awareness programs to ready the public for a possible missile attack. It is the first State to conduct preparations against the North Korean threat.

However, the U.S. Military is not content on a reactionary response to an attack. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), which is installed in Seoul, needs to be tested vigorously to ensure its defensive capabilities. It is still not known what kind of test will be conducted, but the main goal is to test the anti-missile defenses of the United States and the preparedness of the defense system installed in the Pacific.

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What is the reaction of North Korea, China and Russia?

North Korea is in the middle of a major drought, turning the entire country into a humanitarian disaster. Offers of aid coming from South Korea were generally ignored, and Pyongyang continued on to develop its missile program. North Korean propaganda praises the achievements of Kim Jong-Un after the July 4th missile launch amidst thousands of starving people under his totalitarian rule.

China, on the other hand, continued to project its expansion policy over the East and South China sea. Recently, a Chinese surveillance vessel was spotted spying on the ongoing naval drills between the U.S. and Australia. The Chinese warship was deemed to show "aggressive" behavior and is condemned by the Australian government. China continues its snub of U.S. requests to pressure North Korea into submission. While in Russia, the passing of another set of sanctions by the U.S. Congress attracted a lot of resentment and distrust of America.