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Trump would have just 10 minutes to decide what to do if North Korea fired a nuclear missile at the US mainland

The long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) is launched during a test in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017

Donald Trump would have just 10 minutes to decide what to do North Korea fired a missile at the US mainland, according to experts.

Although Kim Jong-Un’s arsenal is some way off being able to travel the 5,500 miles needed to reach the US, yesterday it was revealed the nation’s nuclear programme is developing much faster than previously anticipated.

A test launch on Sunday would have reached 2,500 miles if fired at a standard trajectory, prompting leading scientists David Wright and Markus Schiller to analyse what would happen should North Korea strike.

Wright said: ‘The timelines are short. Even for long-range missiles, there are a lot of steps that go into detecting the launch and figuring out what it is, leaving the president with maybe 10 minutes to decide whether to launch a retaliatory strike.’

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