The US state of Alaska can be a possible target for North Korea’s missiles, a senior US commander has warned, asking for the state’s military budget to increase.
Speaking before Congress' Joint Armed Services Committee on Thursday, Lieutenant General Kenneth S. Wilsbach told lawmakers that military officials stationed in Alaska were concerned about North Korea’s advancements in developing ballistic missiles.
“Certainly North Korea and the rhetoric that’s coming from North Korea and the activity that we’re seeing makes me as a military commander have concern that the threat is increased,” he was quoted as saying.
The commander reminded the panel that Alaska was given $561 million to complete ongoing military projects across the state during the 2017 fiscal year.
The money was supposed to be used for upgrading a network of missile systems and prepare Eielson Air Force Base to host two squadrons of F-35 stealth fighter jets, totaling 54 aircraft, by 2020.
“Because of the strategic nature of Alaska we assume, which is why we defend this land, that there are facilities here that could be considered targets, so that’s why we have forces that are capable of defending the nation from here,” Wilsbach went on.