U.S. lawmaker warns that North Korea’s missile could hit U.S.
In a statement to the CNN news network, Rogers said that 28-year-old young North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un “is trying to prove himself to the military, while the military is eager to have a sabre rattling for their own self-interest.”
He added this combination could be proved very dangerous. However, Roger did not openly admit that America’s western coast or states of Alaska and Hawaii have been particularly under any missile attack threat.
The lawmaker’s comments came a day after U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the deployment of additional 14 ground- based interceptors to the West Coast in an attempt to strengthen its missile defense system in the wake of Pyongyang’s “pre-emptive” nuclear attack threat to the U.S. The interceptors will be deployed in Alaska by 2017.
Some 30 ground-based interceptors are already stationed in Vandenberg Air Force Base, California and Fort Greely, Alaska.
Hagel further said that the interceptors would cost little more than $1 billion, adding that they have decided to scrap the final phase of the U.S. European Missile Defense program to fund the current project. The European defense project was scheduled to start in 2022.