Pen­tagon: Py­ongyang tests jus­tify new mis­sile defense

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - — Carlo Munoz

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.

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