Mar 15, 2013 4:52 PM

US to beef up missile defense against NKorea

WASHINGTON- The United States is taking action to improve the nation's ability to defend itself from a nuclear attack.

The Obama administration has decided to add 14 interceptors on the West Coast to the U.S.-based missile defense system.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the offical announcement Friday afternoon. Saying it's in response to recent threats from North Korea to attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons. U.S. officials believe North Korea is incapable of carrying out an attack, but the threat adds to tension between the two countries.

The 14 interceptors will be added to the 30 already in place in California and Alaska.


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