US may need stronger defense against North Korea missiles -admiral

US may need stronger defense against North Korea missiles -admiral

The testimony was the latest sobering reminder of growing USA alarm about North Korean capabilities.

President Donald Trump authorized a review of the White House's North Korea policy upon entering office, according to the statement, and has resolved to ramp up pressure on the North Korean regime to deescalate tensions.

Harris called defending the USA homeland his "top priority".

Almost every USA senator attended an unusual all-hands meeting on North Korea at the White House Wednesday, though afterward few said any new information emerged about the increasingly tense United States standoff with Pyongyang.

The top US commander in the Pacific told Congress on Wednesday the United States may need to strengthen its missile defenses, particularly in Hawaii, given the advancing threat from North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs.

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President Trump is stepping up diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea and military preparations are "underway", in the event such action is necessary, a senior administration official told reporters on Wednesday.

The mission said North Korea will "surely win a victory in the death-defying struggle against the USA imperialists".

The federation awarded the October 18-22 event to Pyongyang with conditions including "that there was a stable global situation of the country".

Asked if the field trip to the White House for a briefing on North Korea was worthwhile, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said, "I'm not sure", without elaborating. He also said, "It's not like we learned some earth-shaking thing that's going to happen tomorrow".

Harris pointed out that China can use its economic leverage with North Korea since 80 percent of the North Korean economy is based on interactions with China.

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Harris also took responsibility for the mixed messaging over the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson's announced deployment to the Korean peninsula earlier this month. The exercise includes air training and information sharing to improve joint operation and communication between the two militaries. We will maintain our close coordination and cooperation with our Allies, especially the Republic of Korea and Japan, as we work together to preserve stability and prosperity in the region.

He said any North Korean missile fired at U.S. forces would be destroyed.

South Korea's trumpeting of progress in setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system comes as high-powered US military vessels converge on the Korean Peninsula and as a combative North Korea signals possible nuclear and missile testing.

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is being set up on a former golf course in Seongju amid protests that have seen demonstrators clash with police.

North Korea's foreign ministry denounced the planned meeting, saying the United States was "not morally entitled" to force members states to impose sanctions on it.

Harris said the defenses of Hawaii were sufficient for now but could one day be overwhelmed, and suggested studying stationing new radar there as well as interceptors to knock out any incoming North Korean missiles.

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