House Armed Services chair says US needs missiles that can reach Iran, N Korea

RT– The chairman of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee has called for long-range ballistics, citing concerns about Iran and North Korea. Both countries have released statements claiming to only be preparing to act in self-defense.

Rep. Mark Thornberry (R-Texas) told reporters that the US should expand its ballistics arsenal to include long-range missiles that could reach Iran or North Korea. “If you look at what’s happening around the world, I would mention Iran and North Korea, the importance of missile defense is increasing,” Thornberry said Monday.

Actors around the world are building missiles that are harder to stop,” he added.

On Friday, the White House announced new sanctions on Iran and put Tehran “on notice” after running a ballistics test.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to Twitter to respond to allegations of aggression from President Donald Trump. He said that Iran would never use its weapons for anything other than defense, adding: “Let us see if any of those who complain can make the same statement.

We will never use our weapons against anyone, except in self-defense. Let us see if any of those who complain can make the same statement.