A military official said Wednesday he was confident about the United States' ability to handle missile threats from North Korea and Iran through 2020, following Tuesday's successful test of a system designed to shoot down an intercontinental ballistic missile, The Wall Street Journal reported.
"I was confident before the test that we had the capability to defeat any threat that they would throw at us," Vice Adm. Jim Syring, director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, told Pentagon reporters. "And I'm even more confident [Wednesday] after seeing the intercept test [Tuesday] that we continue to be on that course."
Tuesday's test conducted by the Pentagon took place as tensions continue to rise over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
North Korean leader Kim Jong n in early January said his country was close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile, putting the U.S. on edge and eliciting a warning tweet from President Donald Trump.
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