Pentagon: Pyongyang tests justify new missile defense
North Korea’s test of long-range nuclear-capable missiles, which could potentially hit targets as far as the continental U.S., justifies the push to maintain a controversial anti-missile system in neighboring South Korea, the Pentagon said Monday.
The Pentagon’s decision to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to the Korean peninsula has roiled regional leaders, including new South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
But Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said Monday that the need for a shield has become abundantly clear in the wake of a pair of successful test launches by Pyongyang of prototype intercontinental ballistic missiles over the past month.
The North Koreans “are making the case for us rather effectively,” Capt. Davis told reporters at the Defense Department.