Defence & Security News - North Korea
|Monday, August 5, 2013 10:40 AM|
|North Korea develops new road-mobile ballistic missiles able to reach Guam.|
North Korea is developing road-mobile ballistic missiles capable of reaching Guam, the Aleutian Islands and potentially Hawaii, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's director said, citing the agency's growing concern at a recent Senate Appropriations Committee's Defense Subcommittee hearing.
North Korea fired at least seven missiles, including an unsuccessful long-range prototype.
Road-mobile ballistic missiles are on top of North Korea's ongoing attempts to further develop its long-range ballistic missile system Taepodong-2, according to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. Though still in development, the Taepodong-2's range could also include Guam, according to the Federation of American Scientists.
North Korea's ballistic missile threat "continues to grow as our potential adversaries are acquiring a greater number of ballistic missiles, increasing their range and making them more complex, survivable, reliable, and accurate," stated Vice Admiral J.D. Syring's July 17 testimony before the Senate subcommittee.
"The missile defense mission is becoming more challenging as potential adversaries incorporate (ballistic missile defense) countermeasures," Syring stated.