North Korean nukes aimed at US may fly OVER Russia – forcing Trump to risk Putin’s wrath if he blows them out the sky

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THE United States could be forced to shoot down a North Korean missile bound for the West Coast over Russia, it has been revealed.

Any missile fired by the hermit kingdom is likely to go over the North Pole, certainly passing through Russian airspace and possibly over the country itself.

 Any missile launched from North Korea towards the USA is likely to pass through Russian airspace

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Any missile launched from North Korea towards the USA is likely to pass through Russian airspace

The move could prompt a row between Trump and Putin over which of the powers takes down any potential ICBM.

General Lori Robinson, the head of the US Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), said it was something she is “aware of”.

In remarks reported by Defense One she said: “What you have to do is sit down and go, okay, what is the azimuth.

“When would be the right time to take the best shot to defend? That’s about all I’ll say.”

The azimuth is the direction of the object in the air from the perspective of the observer.

Kim Jong-un has massively upped the regime’s testing of long range missiles in recent months.

 General Lori Robinson, the head of the US Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), said it was possible the US may have to shoot down the missile in Russian Airspace

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General Lori Robinson, the head of the US Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), said it was possible the US may have to shoot down the missile in Russian Airspace
 Kim Jong-un has massively increased missile testing in the hermit kingdom in recent weeks

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Kim Jong-un has massively increased missile testing in the hermit kingdom in recent weeks

To stop a potential attack, the US is planning to have 44 GBIs (ground-based interceptors) in Alaska by the end of 2017.

Yesterday a retired US official claimed that if America went to war with North Korea, at least 20,000 people will die every day.

Robert Givens, former Air Force Brigadier, said the number would be even higher if the communist state used nuclear weapons during their fierce battle.

 A retired American official warned 20,000 people would die each day during a battle between North Korea and the US

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A retired American official warned 20,000 people would die each day during a battle between North Korea and the US
 The warning comes hours after Donald Trump said the US is prepared to use devastating military action

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The warning comes hours after Donald Trump said the US is prepared to use devastating military action
 Kim Jong-un has closely followed all of North Korea's missile tests, and is laughing with joy after they were deemed successful

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Kim Jong-un has closely followed all of North Korea’s missile tests, and is laughing with joy after they were deemed successful

Mr Givens told the LA Times that the shocking figure came a Pentagon estimate.

But he confidently confirmed that the US would defeat the isolated Asian state.

He added: “There is only one way this war ends. With North Korea’s defeat – but at what cost?”

Pyongyang has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile and six other nuclear tests.

But it is not known whether the state is able to launch a nuclear weapon.

A nuclear device could be smuggled into a container or dropped form an air plane near a US base in Asia, the official presumes.

 Former Air Force Brigadier Robert Givens was completely confident that America would defeat North Korea in a war

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Former Air Force Brigadier Robert Givens was completely confident that America would defeat North Korea in a war
 North Korea's latest missile launch of a Hwasong-12 missile

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North Korea’s latest missile launch of a Hwasong-12 missile
 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un commended the launch

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un commended the launch

Tensions between the two states are continuing to soar, as the Pentagon recently said Donald Trump will be given a series of “options” to deal with the state if Jong-un continues its provocations.

Colonel Robert Manning, US Pentagon spokesman, recently told reporters: “If North Korea does not stop their provocative actions, we will make sure that we provide options to the President to deal with North Korea.”

Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN recently claimed Kim Jong-un is “begging for war”.

 US Ambassador Nikki Haley was furious after the North's latest missile launch

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US Ambassador Nikki Haley was furious after the North’s latest missile launch

Declaring a North Korean defeat, Mr Givens added: “In an all-out conquest for regime survival, they will come after the United States.

“They are not going to win, but they will try – I guarantee that.”

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