U.S. to bolster missile defense to deter any attack by North Korea
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South Korean Marines on Yeonpyeong Island recently. The North bombarded the island in 2010, killing four people, and it has recently threatened the “final destruction” of Seoul.

By New York Times News Service, via Peninsula Daily News staff

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THE UNITED STATES will deploy additional ballistic-missile interceptors along the Pacific Coast to increase the Pentagon's ability to blunt a potential attack from North Korea, in a clear response to recent tests of nuclear weapons technology and long-range missiles by the North.

The new deployment will increase the number of ground-based interceptors to 44 from the 30 already based in California and Alaska.

While the limited missile-defense system does not offer a 100-percent guarantee of knocking down a North Korean attack, the weapons send a signal of credible deterrence to the North's limited intercontinental ballistic missile arsenal.

READ MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/16/world/asia/us-to-bolster-missile-defense-against-north-korea.html?emc=na

For more, see timeline on North Korea’s Nuclear Program: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/02/05/world/asia/northkorea-timeline.html?ref=asia#/#time238_7085

Last modified: March 15. 2013 2:04PM
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