September 26, 2020

North Korea’s long-range missiles threaten U.S., Esper tells Senators

Esper's comments follow Trump saying he had "no reaction" to DPRK's short-range missile tests this week

North Korea's ballistic missile capabilities pose an "increasingly complicated" threat to the United States, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told a panel of Senators on Wednesday.

The comments, made during testimony at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about the Defense Department's latest budget request, come one day after President Donald Trump said he had "no reaction" to short-range missile tests that the DPRK had conducted at the beginning of the week -- the country's first known weapons tests of the year.