Pentagon upgrades assessment of ability to defend against ICBMs

WASHINGTON - After a successful May test, the Pentagon has upgraded its assessment of its ability to defend the United States against incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles, like the ones North Korea is attempting to develop, according to a Pentagon memo seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
Instead of saying the US military's ground-based interceptor program had a "limited" defense capability, the Pentagon now said it had a "demonstrated capability to defend the US homeland from a small number of intermediate-range or intercontinental missile threats with simple countermeasures."
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