Trump missile defense review calls North Korea 'extraordinary threat'

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The MDR is essentially a policy framework that emphasizes the priority of protection for the nation against emerging and future rogue states' missile threats, and calls for robust regional missile defense for US forces overseas and allies and partners against all potential adversaries.

Part of the new strategy is to create a level of sensors in space.

Mr Trump said in a Pentagon speech that the U.S. will do what it takes "to ensure that we can detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States anywhere, any time, any place".

Trump did not mention the North Korean missile threat in his remarks.

Mr Trump did not mention Russia, China or North Korea in his roughly 20-minute speech.

The document was even stronger.

For Trump, who is trying to revive efforts to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal, the report's release came at an awkward moment. Senior North Korean envoy Kim Yong-chol was headed for Washington yesterday for expected talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday and a possible encounter with Trump, a person familiar with the matter said.

The talks could lead to an announcement of plans for a second Trump summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after their meeting past year in Singapore, the source told Reuters. To counter a potential threat from North Korea, it will strengthen the defense of the nation against the ICBMs they've developed.

"We would like to call on the U.S. administration to think again and walk away from this irresponsible attempt to re-launch, on a new and more high-tech basis, the still-remembered Reagan-era "Star Wars" program."A renewed nuclear arms race would be a huge financial burden for Russian Federation, whose economy is making a faltering recovery after years of low oil prices, a recession and Western trade sanctions".

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It warned that the expansion of the USA missile defense system "will inevitably start an arms race in space with the most negative consequences for worldwide security and stability".

On Thursday, the Pentagon said: "Within this context, the United States has discussed potential missile defense cooperation with India".

Additionally, Iran possesses the largest ballistic missile force in the Middle East and is modernizing and extending the range of its ballistic missile systems. Under our plan, that will change.

The MDR also seeks to counter the regional missile threat to US and ally forces posed by Russian Federation and China's increasing number and types of short, medium and intermediate- range missiles, to include hypersonic and advanced cruise missiles.

"So, wealthy, wealthy countries that we are protecting are all under notice", Trump added. Iran, meanwhile, has continued to develop more sophisticated ballistic missiles, increasing their numbers and their capabilities. "We will only take action", Trump said. He said DOD will pursue a disciplined acquisition process with timelines, disciplined milestones and decisions based on rigorous experimentation and analysis of the effectiveness of new missile defense technologies.

USA officials have said American missile defences are primarily created to counter attacks from countries with more-limited arsenals like North Korea, which United States intelligence officials believe is still advancing its nuclear program despite a halt to missile launches a year ago.

Russian Federation views U.S. missile defense advances as a threat.

The revamped United States missile strategy cited concerns about the burgeoning capabilities of Iran, Russia, China and North Korea and said this required a review of USA capability.

The Pentagon has made no secret about its concerns about Beijing's pursuit of hypersonic technology that would make missiles far harder to detect and destroy.

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