WASHINGTON, D.C.--The House Armed Services Committee held a classified briefing today focused on the pace of North Korea's ICBM development. The briefing was opened to all House Members to ensure they are aware of the rising threat to the American people.
Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) stated:
"The apparent success of the July 4th test is an alarming development as North Korea accelerates its pursuit of being able to hold the United States at risk with nuclear weapons. I have grown increasingly alarmed that North Korea is acting with a greater sense of urgency than we are.
"For some time, and especially during the last eight years, we have neglected the nation's missile defenses. Now we face a growing threat with significant ground to make up. The House-passed National Defense Authorization Act makes considerable progress toward that goal, but we need everyone responsible in Congress and the Administration to take forceful, swift steps to see that the U.S. and our allies are protected."