Source: U.S. to beef up missile defense against North Korea

Source: U.S. to beef up missile defense against North Korea

POSTED: Friday, March 15, 2013 - 1:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 15, 2013 - 1:34pm

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to announce Friday afternoon that the Pentagon will enhance the nation's ability to defend itself from a nuclear attack by North Korea, a U.S. defense official told CNN.

Hagel will announce that the United States will deploy up to 14 additional ground-based missile interceptors on the U.S. West Coast, according to the official.

Part of the move would involve reopening a missile field at Fort Greely, Alaska, and some of the interceptors would be based in California. It would take two years for all of the systems to come online. 

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