North Korea Missile Program Progressing Faster Than Thought
North Korea may have a working intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, able to carry a nuclear weapon by next year.
Intelligence officials for the U.S. Defense Department made the estimate in a report published Tuesday.
Some Republican lawmakers have voiced concerns about North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.
The Washington Post reported that the estimate decreases the expected time in which North Korea would be able to produce a "reliable, nuclear-capable ICBM" program. Earlier estimates had stated that North Korea would need three years to build a working ICBM.
Mac Thornberry is the Republican committee chairman of the House Armed services committee. He said he was concerned about the apparent success of North Korea's launch of a long-range missile on July 4.
Thornberry wants to increase U.S. defense spending on missile defense by $2.5 billion. Analysts said that the missile launched on July 4 was capable of reaching the state of Alaska. Thornberry said Congress and President Donald Trump need to take action to ensure that the U.S. and its allies are protected.
The U.S. Defense Department has already increased the number of ground based anti-missile weapons based in Alaska. Missile defense systems are also based in the state of California.
VOA spoke to Ken Gause, the director of the International Affairs Group of the Center for Naval Analyses in Virginia. He said North Korea's increased efforts to develop long distance missiles are aimed at bringing about talks with the United States.
He said North Korea considers its weapons programs as the only way to ensure its security.
Gause says the North Korean government wants to develop its economy, but is unwilling to limit its weapons programs.
"They have moved away, over the last few years, away from a military first policy to a party/people first policy which the driving factor behind that is economic progress, but they cannot focus on that part of their agenda until they have security locked down."
Observers say the July 4 launch showed progress.
Scott Bray, an East Asia expert with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said the recent test was not a surprise. However, he added that it presented a threat to the U.S. and "to our allies in the region and to the whole world."
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1.intercontinental ballistic missile 洲际弹道导弹
Last weekend it postponed an intercontinental ballistic missile test for fear of provoking Pyongyang.
2.nuclear weapon 核武器
We have conducted a new nuclear weapon test successfully.
3.focus on 集中于
The talks will focus on economic development of the region.
4.concerned about 关心；担忧
We are naturally concerned about the future.
1.But they cannot focus on that part of their agenda until they have security locked down."
lock down 封锁；锁定
We lock down that area, we just give them a heads up.
You don't need to by extra XML security hardware just to lock down the basics of an endpoint.
2.Thornberry said Congress and President Donald Trump need to take action to ensure that the U.S. and its allies are protected.
take action to 采取行动
We had to take action to protect the proprietary technology.
We must take action to deal with the problem before it spreads to other areas.
《华盛顿邮报》称，该预测缩短了朝鲜研发出“性能可靠的、可搭载核弹头洲际导弹”的预期时程 。此前的预测显示，朝鲜需3年时间才能研发出可使用的洲际弹道导弹 。
共和党人麦克·索恩伯里（Mac Thornberry）是美国众议院军事委员会主席 。他表示，自己对朝鲜7月4日成功发射远程导弹一事十分担忧 。
索恩伯里希望美国在导弹防御的国防开支方面增加25亿美元 。分析人士称，朝鲜7月4日发射的导弹射程能够到达阿拉斯加州 。索恩伯里表示，美国国会和特朗普总统需采取应对措施，保证美国及其盟友的国防安全 。
美国国防部已经增强了阿拉斯加州的地面反导武器部署 。加利福尼亚州也部署了导弹防御系统 。
美国之音与维吉尼亚海军分析中心国际事务小组主任肯·甘斯（Ken Gause）进行了谈话 。他指出，朝鲜加速发展远程导弹项目，实则是为与美国进行谈判 。
美国国家情报总监办公室的东亚专家斯科特·布雷（Scott Bray）表示，朝鲜近日的导弹测试在意料之中 。不过他补充说，这对美国以及美国在东亚地区和全球的盟友构成了威胁 。