N.Korea’s nuclear, missile programs ‘serious threat’ to security – Pentagon chief

In this news, we discuss the N.Korea’s nuclear, missile programs ‘serious threat’ to security – Pentagon chief.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday that North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs posed a global threat after Pyongyang unveiled never-before-seen intercontinental ballistic missiles in a military parade before the dawn. The appearance of a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) during a weekend parade in North Korea has captivated many Western analysts. But South Korean officials were far more concerned about the display of new multiple rocket launcher systems (MLRS) and fast and maneuverable short-range missiles that would be ideal for hitting targets in the South.

Speaking before a meeting began with his South Korean counterpart at the Pentagon, Esper said; “We agree that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs remain a serious threat to the security and stability of the region and the world.” “The United States remains committed to the security of the Republic of Korea,” Esper said.

He added, however, that South Korea and the United States must find a more equitable way to share defense costs so that it “does not fall unevenly on American taxpayers.” US President Donald Trump, who has touted his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has repeatedly said Seoul should pay a larger share of the cost of US military forces deployed in the south.

Some 28,500 American troops are deployed in South Korea, which is seen as a deterrent in Pyongyang which also sends a message to China about the influence and capacity of the United States in Asia.

News Highlights:

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday that North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs posed a global threat after Pyongyang unveiled never-before-seen intercontinental ballistic missiles in a military parade before the dawn. The appearance of a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) during a weekend parade in North Korea has captivated many Western analysts.
  • North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs ‘serious threat’ to security – Pentagon chief
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