In a photo released on February 13, 2017, by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), this allegedly shows a test-fire of Pukguksong-2.
The general commanding America’s nuclear arsenal on Tuesday warned North Korean missile advances, and informed it to be “very challenging” to a Senate panel.
Likewise, U.S. Air Force Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, Gen. John Hyten, expressed his anguish about the lengthy delays and instability in the budget and he said that it is hindering the ability to modernize the nation’s capabilities of nuclear deterrence.
Hyten said , speaking to the full Senate Armed Services Committee, North Korea now has the ability to organize an intercontinental ballistic missile and this is the only time they can do it with a nuclear warhead. He said even the Asian nation also demonstrated in February the new capability that moved them into a new league with solid-fueled missile technology.
“Ballistic missile proliferation is showing an increase and more countries are acquiring greater numbers of ballistic missiles though it is simultaneously advancing technical sophistication in the aim of defeating the U.S. defense systems,” Hyten testified.
The Air Force general said the U.S. also should pursue to advance its missile capabilities and forces to prevent threats and aggression. But he also said if the U.S. military fails to get stable budgets to modernize its capabilities there may be risks.
Hyten said, ‘The government’s funding employs a continuing resolution and this is making it very hard to start with new programs’.