North Korea Called "Extraordinary Threat" In Trump Missile Defense Review

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Donald Trump has announced plans for the biggest expansion in U.S. missile defence since the Reagan-era Star Wars project, in a policy review that singles out North Korea as an "extraordinary threat" seven months after the president claimed that threat had been eliminated by his diplomacy.

Bloomberg reported that Mr. Trump will deliver the findings of the Missile Defense Review, which was completed in October.

A senior administration official said Wednesday that the planned improvements in missile defense technology and operational concepts doesn't envision preemptive strikes to prevent an enemy missile launch. With these systems and additional radars, the president said, "We will shield every city in the United States, and we will never negotiate away our right to do that". "We will terminate any missile launches from hostile powers ... regardless of missile type or geographic origin", Trump said.

Trump said it's time to view space as a new war-fighting domain.

"The United States will adjust its position to defend against any missile strikes to include cruise and hypersonic", Trump said.

"Our goal is simple: To be sure we can detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States, anywhere, any time, and any place", Trump said.

"Space-basing may increase the overall likelihood of successfully intercepting offensive missiles, reduce the number of USA defensive interceptors required to do so, and potentially destroy offensive missiles over the attacker's territory rather than the targeted state", the report said. While the Trump administration's strategy continues that focus, it adds a new objective as well: the defense of USA forces and allies from regional missile threats. A Russian politician blasted what he considered US attempts to use the threat regarding the INF treaty to affect other potential agreements on missile defense.

China, in turn, has also alarmed the Pentagon with advances in super-fast "hypersonic" technology, which could allow Beijing to field missiles that are far harder to detect.

"We are expanding the scope of what we're postured to defend against", a senior administration official who briefed reporters was quoted in The Washington Post as saying.

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It comes as North Korea and Iran make advances in ballistic missile production, and as Russian Federation and China press forward with sophisticated cruise missiles, short-range ballistic missiles and hypersonic glide vehicles that potentially threaten the security of US forces and allies in Europe and Asia.

The new missile defense strategy "adopts a balanced and integrated approach to countering missile threats through a combination of deterrence, active and passive missile defenses, and attack operations", the report said.

Pentagon officials contend that United States missiles defenses are too few to be able to counter a first-strike on the USA homeland by a major nuclear power like Russian Federation or China.

Speaking ahead of the president Thursday, Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said North Korean and Iranian missiles "remain a significant concern" across the globe.

She added that while the Pentagon was likely informed in advance that Trump was canceling Pelosi's trip, she said officials were likely unhappy about it.

The document used stronger language.

The review says North Korea is fielding regional missiles capable of threatening allies and deployed forces, while Iran has a ballistic missile force that could strike throughout the Middle East and southeast Europe.

The systems are also aimed at protecting against existing threats from Iran and North Korea.

ABC News has learned that one concept being explored for countering the North Korean missile threat in the future is using a new solid state powered laser on a high-altitude drone.

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