A new generation system is needed
These innovations that increase the readiness and operability of North Korea’s arsenal complement the existing portfolio of missiles with different range and payload, which threaten US forces in Asia, Weitz emphasizes. He adds that the DPRK has also developed long-range missiles capable of reaching the United States while carrying a nuclear, bacteriological or other unconventional warhead.
In addition, North Korea recently revived the plutonium-producing reactor in Jongbyon, the analyst said. He notes that Washington faces a North Korean threat from diplomacy, sanctions, alliances and military force, which includes the deployment of both offensive weapons such as tactical nuclear warheads and missile-type kinetic systems.
One of the benefits of ballistic missile defense is that it reduces the need to deploy nuclear weapons or escalate the conflict in any way, the expert explains. However, he points out that the original anti-missile umbrella protecting the United States territory since 2004 has passed tests with only mixed results, so a new generation system will be needed to eliminate the North Korean threat.
In order not to repeat the problems of the past, the US Congress should force the Pentagon to continue the competition of two design offices, which will ensure the best and most affordable and time-efficient product, says the author of the comment. He added that the US anti-missile system, however, constantly rejected Russia, regardless of its deployment and capabilities, due to its exaggerated sense of threat and its efforts to weaken and divide the West.
“Over the years, Russian officials have sought to delay and disrupt US missile defense programs by various means, including denunciation rhetoric, intimidation of US partners, and other initiatives., “Weitz writes. He claims that the American side has been trying for many decades to dispel Russia’s fears by offering Moscow transparency and confidence-building measures.
Nevertheless, Washington has failed to refute Russia’s objections, as Moscow – like Pyongyang – has always rejected and downplayed US compromise offers, the analyst said. He adds that both Republican and Democratic presidents are refusing to give up resources that protect Americans and their allies, such as Israel and South Korea, from enemy missiles.
Despite lengthy missile defense disputes, Russia and the United States have repeatedly entered into major arms control treaties, such as the groundbreaking 1972 SALT, which imposed restrictions on both offensive and defensive weapons systems, Weitz said. He added that although the Russian government was louder and louder after the end of the Cold War over US interest in missile defense, which is primarily to face the threat of the DPRK and other rogue states, in 2002 it signed the Treaty both sides even in the absence of any binding restriction on strategic defense.
The United States is eager for dialogue
“Although Moscow tried to reduce US missile defense in the following years, in 2011 it acceded to the ten-year New START agreement, which was extended by both countries this year.“He concludes that the US missile defense is not really a major obstacle to arms control talks between Russia and the United States, as Moscow has repeatedly relinquished missile defense for 50 years to achieve other priorities, notably US nuclear war. potential.
Another reason why Russia is compromising in this area is the small number of US anti-missile missiles, which can barely neutralize Russia’s enormous arsenal of ballistic missiles, flat-flying missiles and, more recently, hypersonic weapons, the expert said. He recalls that both the Soviet Union and Russia have always invested heavily in strengthening and diversifying their strategic strike forces, which currently includes the development of nuclear-powered missiles or long-range nuclear torpedoes.
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But Russia would easily overcome the US missile defense even without these terrifying weapons, the author of the comment believes. He adds that the pride of the Kremlin is offended if Washington sees North Korea, Iran or China as a greater threat.
In addition, the Kremlin’s attacks on US missile defenses are self-serving, as Russia itself invests heavily in these systems, with Russian President Vladimir Putin recently boasting that his country is developing the world’s most effective defense against hypersonic weapons, Weitz said. He believes that the campaign against US missile defense is intended only to rally the Russians behind the Putin regime, justify military spending and weaken US alliances through threats to cooperating countries, and by offering advantageous treaties in exchange for renouncing the means to protect them. missile strike.
Instead of seeking an incomprehensible contractual restriction on missile defense, Russia and the United States should address the issue in their newly resumed strategic stability talks, the expert said. He believes that, for example, the two sides could exchange assessments of regional missile threats and potential measures to reduce them.
“US military officials are eager to expand the dialogue to avoid confrontation“Weitz therefore recommends that Washington and Moscow begin to hold back the main reason for the US anti-missile program, the increasingly sophisticated threat from the DPRK. It proposes to put strong pressure on Pyongyang to curb its destabilizing missile programs.
At the same time, the United States should invest in massive air and missile defenses on Guam, Hawaii and Palau, a global network of missile sensors and a new generation of missile missiles that may discourage North Korea from considering an attack, the analyst said.
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