President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the military to begin a “temporary” missile defense system that could be operational within a year.
The announcement, which came during a White House press briefing, follows months of speculation that Trump’s administration may be contemplating a new, more extensive and expensive military response to the growing threat posed by North Korea.
Trump’s decision to order a missile defense plan comes as North Korea continues to test long-range missiles and ballistic missiles, including the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missile.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday that the United States will seek to strike North Korea’s missiles and nuclear capabilities “as quickly as possible” as the country continues to threaten the United Nations and the U.S. homeland.
The president, Mattis said, will use his authority under the National Defense Authorization Act to “target and eliminate” any country that threatens the United