Share U.S. North Korea Missiles The U.S. missile defense system could be tricked by North Korean technology if Kim Jong Un’s regime decided to launch a missile at the United States, arms experts said this week.  North Korea’s latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which took place on Tuesday, demonstrated that the North Korean regime now has the technology to strike anywhere in the United States, including Washington D.C. It’s still unclear if North Korea has the technology to attach a nuclear warhead to its ICBM, but the revelation that a North Korean missile could reach the U.S. sparked debate about how effective the U.S. missile defense system would be if such an attack took place. In an interview with Sean Hannity last month, President Trump boasted that the U.S. has "the greatest military equipment in the world." Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now "We have missiles that can knock out a missile in the air 97 percent of the time, and if you send two of them, it's going to get knocked out," Trump said.  But many arms expert say that's not true.  "If you launch one interceptor in the testing there is about a 50 percent chance it will hit the target. But that’s a statistical thing and it assumes that the reasons they failed [to hit the target] is all the same. With statistics you can get them to say anything. I’m not entirely confident in the system," Michael Elleman, a senior fellow for missile defense at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, told Newsweek.  "If North Korea were to launch only one missile at us, we could probably shoot it down. But their new missile could carry some very simple decoys, and it’s not certain that the missile we send out will be able to tell the difference between debris, decoys and a real warhead."  The U.S. missile defense system consists of a complex web of radars, satellite sensors and interceptors that aim to detect and destroy any incoming warheads. In a perfect scenario, the system would track an ICBM as soon as it’s launched and deploy interceptor missiles to obliterate incoming weapons. The U.S. has around 40 interceptors stationed in Alaska and California that could be