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STRATCOM (U.S. Strategic Command) Air Force Gen. John Hyten, during a stop in Stuttgart, Germany, where he was to meet with U.S. European and Africa Command leaders, discussed North Korea threat saying that the U.S. is moving too slowly.

Gen. Hyten in charge of America’s nuclear arsenal. He said the U.S. must take more technological risk to counter the communist state’s risk-taking leader, Kim Jong Un.

“Kim Jong Un has gone very fast, and we have to step up and go fast in response,” Hyten said in an interview with Stars and Stripes on Sunday. “We are not going fast. We are so risk-averse that we only test every 18 months.”

“If you want to be able to respond to a threat that is going fast you better be able to figure out how to go fast,” Hyten said. “You sometimes learn more from failure than you do from a success … We have somehow forgotten that.”

“North Korea has the capability now that is a threat to the United States, and we have to be able to figure out how to deal with that, We’ve seen things like, ‘He launches and fails, launches and fails. He (Kim) is a fool. He doesn’t know what he is doing, No, that is actually the way you build rockets. The best way to build rockets, the best way to move fast, is to build it, test it, instrument it, learn from your failures.”

North Korea confirmed the missile launch on state television last week, announcing that Hwasong-14 reached an altitude of 1731 miles and traveled 600 miles before hitting the sea July 3. It was the eleventh missile North Korea launched this year.

Close analysis of launch footage points to another dangerous technological development.

Unlike other North Korean missiles, the intercontinental-range Hwasong-14 missile uses a “shroud,” or a hollow cover instead of a more solid nosecone, researchers have discovered.

“ICBMs generally use shrouds if one is “planning on launching multiple reentry vehicles or added countermeasures.  Shrouds usually indicate that a missile has multiple, independent reentry vehicles for a payload.  A missile with multiple nuclear warheads can not only do more damage to its target, but also pose a greater challenge for missile defenses. North Korea installed countermeasures in the shroud that would render US defenses all but useless.”~David Schmerler James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

The greatest mistake the American public make is thinking North Korea is not a threat and laughing it off.  There is a reason POTUS Trump and his administration have been focused on how to stop the North Korean threat.

In response to North Korea and a more aggressive Russia, STRATCOM, which manages the deployment of America’s long-range bombers, has put the military’s most-lethal aircraft on steady rotation. In recent weeks, B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers have carried out missions in the Pacific and Europe.

“We have so many capabilities that are high-demand, low-density assets that we have to divide it up,” he said. “We can’t be everywhere all the time by ourselves, so we have to work together with our allies.”

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