The missile capabilities of US adversaries such as North Korea and Iran continue to play a significant role in America’s defense strategy, acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Thursday during the rollout of the 2019 Missile Defense Review.
“While we are forging a new path to peace on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea’s missiles remain a significant concern, so do Iran’s,” Shanahan said during his address at the Pentagon.
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood told reporters on Thursday that as North Korea produces additional systems and they grow in sophistication, the United States response must be robust and effective.
“North Korea has a long range missile capability that’s capable of reaching the United States,” Rood said. “The sizing construct for the size of our missile defense force will be sufficient to outpace the scale of the North Korean threat.”