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Serious Flaws Revealed In U.S. Anti-Missile Nuclear Defense Against North Korea

ARLINGTON, VA - SEPTEMBER 27: A light shines on the seal of the Department of Defense during a briefing at the Pentagon, Sept
ARLINGTON, VA - SEPTEMBER 27: A light shines on the seal of the Department of Defense during a briefing at the Pentagon, September 27, 2007 in Arlington, Virginia. Today was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace's last official day as Joint Chief Chairman. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Two serious technical flaws have been identified in the ground-launched anti-missile interceptors that the United States would rely on to defend against a nuclear attack by North Korea.

Pentagon officials were informed of the problems as recently as last summer but decided to postpone corrective action. They told federal auditors that acting immediately to fix the defects would interfere with the production of new interceptors and slow a planned expansion of the nation's homeland missile defense system, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.

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