The Head Of The Pentagon Ashton Carter
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The Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said that the nuclear potential of the DPRK is a “serious threat” to the U.S. and its allies. He stressed that in case of threats to American defense Ministry is ready to intercept Pyongyang’s rocket
The head of the Pentagon Ashton Carter warned that the nuclear potential of North Korea represents “a serious threat” to the United States. This he said in an interview with NBC.
“They [The North Koreans. — RBC] nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs constitute a serious threat to us. We try to be in front and we stay ahead with our missile defense in order to make sure that we have perfected, their number, their type. So we are confident that we can protect ourselves,” — said the head of American law enforcement agencies.
Carter stressed that the US defense Department is “to stay one step ahead of North Korea” and are ready to intercept Pyongyang’s rocket in case they “will be sent to our premises or our friends and allies.”
Responding to a question about U.S. policy toward Russia, Carter said that Washington should be cruel, but to keep all possibilities for cooperation.
“Our approach to Russia should be tough but balanced,” said Carter.
He also added that Russia is involved in hacking attacks during the American elections, calling Moscow’s actions “aggressive act against our [American. — RBC] of democracy.”
On the introduced by the administration of incumbent President Barack Obama’s restrictive measures against Russia, Carter said that the U.S. adopted sanctions “will likely mean the beginning, not the end, the floor, not the ceiling.” He added that the decision to keep or lift the sanctions remain for the incoming team of President-elect Donald trump and the future of the Congress, but stressed that retaliation “must be more”.
Earlier, the former diplomat North Korea Tae Yeon-Hye told about the plans of Korea to develop a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead by the end of 2017, which will be capable of hitting the continental United States. According to him, such measures the country’s leadership is in the context of political change in South Korea and the United States.
In late December, experts of the Institute of national security strategy at the National intelligence Agency of South Korea published a report, according to which North Korea can, by 2020, to develop a ballistic missile technical equipment which will enable it to reach the continental United States. The leader of North Korea Kim Eun-Than with his new year address to the nation saidthat North Korea’s development of its own Intercontinental ballistic missiles is in its final stage.