U.S. Defense Secretary announces additional Missile Defense Interceptors

 

FAIRBANKS, Ak - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagels says the U.S. will add to its Missile Defense System in response to nuclear threats from North Korea.

Hagel announced today that the Pentagon will add fourteen Interceptors to thirty already in place at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and Fort Greeley in Alaska.

In recent months, North Korea has detonated a nuclear bomb and has successfully launched an inter–continental missle, but have not been able to combine the two.

Hagel says by increasing the number of Interceptors, it will expand the system’s ability to shoot down lang range missiles in flight before they reach U.S. territory.