US to announce missile defence boost for North Korea threat

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel will announce later today a plan to boost U.S. missile defences in Alaska to react to any potential threat from North Korea, according to a US defence official.

Hagel is due to speak at 3pm local time, 7pm GMT.


US boosts missile defences

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced plans to bolster US missile defences in response to a growing nuclear threat from North Korea. Fourteen interceptors will be added to a missile defence site in Alaska by 2017.