It appears North Korea has left the United States with no choice aside to take threats of a possible nuclear strike by North Korea seriously. Anne Gearan has reported for The Washington Post on March 15, 2013, U.S. beefing up West Coast missile defenses. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced on Friday that the Pentagon is boosting West Coast missile defenses in response to escalating threats of a possible attack from nuclear-equipped North Korea.
The move by Hagel counters North Korea’s threat of an unprovoked nuclear attack on the United States. However, the Obama administration says the Stalinist regime remains years away from having the capacity to launch such an assault on the continental United States. But Hagel has said North Korea has made significant improvements in its long-range missile technology, and has successfully launched a missile test in space, therefore making the additional protection a prudent precaution.
The National Post has also reported on this story, U.S. deploying interceptors after North Korean nuclear threats. On Friday North Korea reportedly test fired short-range rockets into the Sea of Japan, as the United States announced a $1-billion plan for 14 new missile interceptors in response to Kim Jong-un’s threats of nuclear war. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said he is determined to guarantee protection of the U.S. homeland and stay ahead of the North Korean missile threat. Hagel said a Pentagon news conference, “We will strengthen our homeland defense, maintain our commitment to our allies and partners, and make clear to the world that the United States stands firm against aggression.”