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    US to Incorporate DPRK ICBM Threat, Russian Hypersonic Arms in Defense Reviews

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    The United States will incorporate North Korea’s intercontinental missile development program and Russia’s and China's hypersonic weapons into its defense reviews, STRATCOM Commander Gen. John Hyten said at a deterrence symposium on Wednesday.

    OMAHA (Sputnik) — The United States will look at development of the North Korean nuclear threat and the hypersonic threats that are allegedly coming of China and Russia, the general added.

    "The nuclear posture review is underway, there is also a ballistic missile defense review that is underway," Hyten said. "All of the strategic elements and all of the strategic challenges of the world today are being incorporated into each of those studies. So, we look at the development of North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile threat."

    Hyten stressed that he considers both reviews equally important to the overall security and strategic posture of the United States and its allies.

    "We look at those reviews both being complete towards the end of the year," he said.

    Hyten delivered his remarks at the seventh annual US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) Deterrence Symposium in Omaha, Nebraska which is being held on July 26-27.

    In April, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has directed the Pentagon’s personnel to begin the review of the US nuclear posture and produce a report on it by the end of 2017.

    On July 4, North Korea announced it had successfully launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile, saying it traveled 580 miles and reached an altitude of 1,740 miles during its 39-minute flight before accurately hitting a targeted area in the Sea of Japan. The test immediately prompted sharp criticism from the international community.

    Following the launch, the Russian Defense Ministry disputed Pyongyang's claim, saying the missile's flight parameters indicated it reached an altitude of 535 kilometers (332 miles) and traveled 510 kilometers before falling in central Sea of Japan. However, US officials believe that Pyongyang had successfully launched an ICBM for the first time.


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