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The US plans to bolster its missile defenses on the west coast to counter the threat from North Korea, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced.

He said the US would add 14 interceptors, which can shoot down missiles in flight, to 30 already in place in California and Alaska by 2017.

But the final phase of the US European Missile Defense program is being scrapped to partly fund the project.

Due to begin in 2022, it would have sited interceptors in eastern Europe.

Mr Hagel cited a “series of irresponsible and reckless provocations” recently by North Korea.

Pyongyang carried out a third nuclear test last month.

A statement in North Korean state media last month also threatened the US with a pre-emptive nuclear strike.

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Article courtesy bbc.co.uk

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