North Korea's weapons pose a threat to the US homeland, says a top official
Weeks after Kim Jong-un boasted of his nation's nuclear missiles, General Joseph Dunford, of the US Marine Corps Chief of Staff, said America needs to change the way it “develops leaders” and “makes decisions”.
In an interview with the National Defence University magazine, Dunford said: “There was a time, not long ago, when we planned for a conflict that might be contained to the peninsula.
“But today, North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile, cyber, and space capabilities could quickly threaten the homeland and our allies in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Deterring and, if necessary, defeating a threat from North Korea requires the Joint Force to be capable of nearly instant integration across regions, domains and functions.
"This means more than just fielding cutting-edge technologies that ensure a competitive advantage across all domains — something we must continue to do. Keeping pace with the speed of war means changing the way we approach challenges, build strategy, make decisions, and develop leaders.”
Shortly after North Korea’s newest nuclear development – a plutonium producing nuclear reactor – was revealed, Katina Adams, a US State department spokeswoman, urged Jong-un’s state to stop fuelling “tensions” in the region
Ms Adams said: “We continue to call on North Korea to refrain from actions and rhetoric that further raise tensions in the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its international commitments.”
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North Korea has released a series of threatening statements directed at President Trump over the last few weeks.
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On Saturday, North Korean officials released a statement to the country's Central TV network, which said: “The US will face a position more miserable than that in the Pueblo case if it forgets that lesson and frantically pursues new ways to provoke war against the north.”
Han Min-Koo, South Korea’s defence minister has constantly urged international leaders to take his threats seriously.
Min Koo added: "North Korea is making threats of nuclear development and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) this year as well.”