U.S. to Add Missile Interceptors In Response to North Korean Threats
In response to nuclear war threat Korea, the U.S. announced today they'd be boosting missile defenses on the West Coast.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced 14 additional interceptors, which can destroy missiles before they make impact. 30 interceptors are already in California and Alaska. The 14 new interceptors would be installed by 2017.
Hagel cites the recent nuclear tests out of Pyongyang as a "series of irresponsible and reckless provocations."
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Hagel also said the U.S. would start developing a radar-tracking station in Japan.
"The reason we're doing what we're doing, and the reason we're advancing our program here for homeland security is not taking any chances, is to stay ahead of the threat and to ensure any contingencies."
The 14 additional interceptors would be sent to Fort Greely, in Alaska, and would cost a reported $1 billion.
The Alaska and California forts were built during George W. Bush's time in office for the same reason; defense against possible nuclear strike from North Korea.
Unfortunately for the country's safety, technical difficulties have delayed construction of the new interceptors. Hagel however, is confident the interceptors will be built on schedule and will perform efficiently.
"We have confidence in our system," he said, "and we certainly will not go forward with the addition of the 14 interceptors until we're sure we have the complete confidence we need.
Despite North Korea's loose cannon behavior, most analysts agree the country is years away from having missiles with the potential to reach the continental United States.
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