US to strengthen its missile defence system
US will deploy 14 additional ground-based interceptors (GBIs) at Fort Greely, Alaska to strengthen its missile defence system against the increasing threat from North Korea. This will increase the number of deployed ground-based interceptors from 30 to 44, including the four GBIs at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
US is also planning to deploy an additional radar in Japan, with the support of the Japanese government, to provide improved early warning and tracking of any missile launched from North Korea at the US or Japan. The decisions have been made keeping in view the increased challenge posed by Iran and North Korea's development of longer-range ballistic missile capabilities (North Korea conducted its third nuclear test recently and last April displayed what appears to be a road-mobile ICBM. It also used its Taepo Dong II missile to put a satellite into orbit, thus demonstrating progress in its development of long-range missile technology).