Defending Our Country and Our AlliesNovember 8, 2017
Today, President Donald Trump gave a speech to the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea in Seoul, where he addressed North Korea’s continued and accelerated pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles with which to deliver those weapons.
All the while, the regime has pursued nuclear weapons with the deluded hope that it could blackmail its way to the ultimate objective. And that objective we are not going to let it have. We are not going to let it have. All of Korea is under that spell, divided in half. South Korea will never allow what’s going on in North Korea to continue to happen.
The North Korean regime has pursued its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in defiance of every assurance, agreement, and commitment it has made to the United States and its allies. It’s broken all of those commitments. After promising to freeze its plutonium program in 1994, it repeated [reaped] the benefits of the deal and then — and then immediately continued its illicit nuclear activities.
To this day, it continues to launch missiles over the sovereign territory of Japan and all other neighbors, test nuclear devices, and develop ICBMs to threaten the United States itself. The regime has interpreted America’s past restraint as weakness. This would be a fatal miscalculation. This is a very different administration than the United States has had in the past.
Today, I hope I speak not only for our countries, but for all civilized nations, when I say to the North: Do not underestimate us, and do not try us. We will defend our common security, our shared prosperity, and our sacred liberty….
All responsible nations must join forces to isolate the brutal regime of North Korea — to deny it and any form — any form of it. You cannot support, you cannot supply, you cannot accept. We call on every nation, including China and Russia, to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions, downgrade diplomatic relations with the regime, and sever all ties of trade and technology….
I also have come here to this peninsula to deliver a message directly to the leader of the North Korean dictatorship: The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer. They are putting your regime in grave danger. Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face.
North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned. It is a hell that no person deserves. Yet, despite every crime you have committed against God and man, you are ready to offer, and we will do that — we will offer a path to a much better future. It begins with an end to the aggression of your regime, a stop to your development of ballistic missiles, and complete, verifiable, and total denuclearization.
President Trump and his administration pre-emptively backed up these words with action, by requesting Congress pass a supplemental budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, that would add $4 billion specifically for missile defense to the Department of Defense’s budget. In the request to Congress, President Trump stated, “This request supports additional efforts to detect, defeat, and defend against any North Korean use of ballistic missiles against the United States, its deployed forces, allies or partners.”
This $4 billion missile defense supplemental budget request will help strengthen both homeland missile defense and regional missile defenses, that protect our allies and troops deployed abroad. Ultimately, the increase in missile defense capabilities and capacity from this supplemental budget request will increase the reliability and confidence of our current systems to address and defend against the threat from North Korea today and lay the groundwork to stay ahead and get further ahead of this threat.
Below is a detailed breakdown of President Trump’s supplemental request.
- $2.1 billion for missile defense, including for the following critical capability and capacity increases:
- Construction of an additional Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) field at Fort Greely, Alaska, along with associated equipment;
- Initial procurement funding for the eventual purchase of 20 new GBis;
- Procurement of 16 Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptors;
- Procurement of 50 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptors; and
- Other discrimination and shooter capabilities.
- $839 million for combined missile detection, disruption/defeat, and defense, including the procurement of 147 Missile Segment Enhancement missiles and a variety of multi-role capabilities.
- $214 million for missile detection, including radar upgrades and intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities.
- $116 million for missile disruption and defeat, including long-range strike capabilities.
- $743 million for other associated missile defeat and defense activities.
- $674 million in Navy operation and maintenance funding to repair damage to the USS John S. McCain and the USS Fitzgerald, which provide critical naval presence and additional ballistic missile defense capabilities in the Asia-Pacific theater.
This request also follows last week’s key homeland missile defense milestone. Last Thursday, November 2nd, the Missile Defense Agency completed the installment of the 44th Ground-Based Interceptor at Ft. Greely, Alaska to defend the United States against intercontinental ballistic missile threats from North Korea and Iran.