New U.S. missile system could act as deterrent for N. Korea and China
The U.S. is developing a new state-of-the-art weapons system that could potentially reach targets anywhere around the world in less than an hour.
It could also be used as a deterrent against China or North Korea.
A report released by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., earlier this month suggests the system would enable the U.S. to target North Korean missiles even before take-off.
The U.S. military has been researching and testing the Conventional Prompt Global Strike system for more than 10 years now.
The Defense Department added the system to its roster in 2003 and the government allocated roughly 175 million dollars to its development in 2012.
The missiles that are part of the system are launched into space and glide back to Earth, and would be capable of hitting a specific target anywhere on the planet within an hour.
They have the potential to travel 20 times the speed of sound.
The program appears to be in the final stages of development.
The Pentagon is currently testing the system and is reviewing how best to use it.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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