Yonhap News features remarks made by Admiral James Winnefeld, the keynote speaker at the Atlantic Council’s annual conference on global missile defense:

“We’re encouraging our allies and partners to acquire their own missile defenses and to strengthen regional missile defense cooperation that will result in better performance than individual countries acting alone,” Adm. James A. Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff, said in a speech at Atlantic Council here.   He emphasized the seriousness of North Korea’s missile capability and the need to bolster a defense posture.

   “We’re not betting on Dennis Rodman as our deterrent against a further North Korean ICBM threat,” he said. “The cornerstone of our security and diplomacy has been our strong bilateral alliances with South Korea, Japan, and Australia. Going forward, we will continue to emphasize the importance of developing regional ballistic missile defense systems.”

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