General Says North Korean Missile Launch ‘Game Changer’

North Korea’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile is a “game changer” and heightens the risk that nation will be able to hit the United States sooner than expected, said Army Gen. Vincent Brooks, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea.

Brooks’ remarks came in a story by Washington Free Beacon senior editor Bill Gertz.

“It is a bit of a game changer for us,” Brooks said in an interview.

The missile, launched July 4 by the North Koreans traveled over 1,700 miles and flew for 37-minutes — longer than any previous North Korean test.

Referring to reports the missile test moved up estimates of the timeline for fielding a reliable long-range nuclear missile, Brooks, said: “We believe they have.”

“The North Korean program is accelerating in time,” Brooks said in an earlier speech, according to the Free Beacon. “Nearly weekly tests becoming the new normal. In the past year alone



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