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It's clear North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is neither impressed nor deterred by recent displays of U.S. military might, so it's time to up the ante, says a retired American four-star commander.
Rather than flying American bombers over the south, or firing missiles into the sea, the U.S. should target the next intercontinental ballistic missile North Korea launches, said retired Air Force Gen. Chuck Wald.
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"I would try to shoot one of their test missiles down instead of just firing missiles off the South Korean coast out there," Wald said in an interview with the Washington Examiner.
This week, the U.S. and South Korea responded to North Korea's launch of a new intercontinental ballistic missile by firing a volley of short-range, precision missiles into the waters off South Korea's east coast.
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"I don't know what that does," said Wald, a former deputy head of U.S. European Command who retired in 2006. "It shows we can fire missiles, I guess."
The Pentagon maintains the U.S. has the capability to shoot down a North Korean missile, but has not pulled the trigger so far because none of their tests have posed a threat to the U.S. or allies Japan and South Korea.
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"If you're talking about an ICBM, it's something we have confidence in," Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said Wednesday. "We just did a test last month, where we simulated a North Korean ICBM, and we shot it down over the Pacific Ocean.
The head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, Vice Adm. Jim Syring, told Congress last month the test was "an exact replica of the scenario that this country would face if North Korea were to fire a ballistic missile against the United States."
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Syring said the trajectory of the target was exactly the same as a missile fired from the Korean peninsula, and that...
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