Although Pyongyang’s increasingly threatening behaviour has worried the Pentagon, their missile defence system may not be able to “defend the US homeland”.
An investigation into the system claims that there have been nine simulated attacks since the system was deployed in 2004. But missiles failed to take out their targets six times.
Escalated tensions with North Korea have worried some that the missile defence system is not ready
None of this stuff works reliably
Senior congressional aide
A senior aide who receives detailed briefings on the highly anticipated missile system told NBC News: “None of this stuff works reliably. Nothing. Their interceptor programs are not working.
“They shoot down targets some of the time, but it's not reliable enough that we would want to risk the catastrophic failure of a miss."
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However Chris Johnson, a spokesman for the Pentagon's Missile Defence Agency, expressed confidence in his agency’s “ability to defend the homeland against ballistic missile threats”.
He added: “While the program had reliability challenges early in its development, we have made significant improvements over the last several years to ensure the system is able to operate as designed.”
The flawed system has reportedly cost US taxpayers more than £30billion to date.
Air Force General Lori Robinson, commander of the US Northern Command also hit back at the report and claimed the US defence system was thorough.
The US and South Korea are planning to set up a defence system in South East Asia
General Robinson said: “Today we have exactly what we need to defend the United States of America against North Korea.”
But physicist David Wright, who has studied the missile program for years expressed his concerns at the programme.
Robinson (left) is confident the system will work if called upon
Mr Wright said: “They are leading political leaders to believe that they have a military capability that they don't, in fact, have.”
The shocking statement follows weeks of escalating pressure in the region, with the US Vice President Mike Pence recently announcing the slightest attack will be “met with an overwhelming response”.