US President Donald Trump is seeking another $4bn in the defence budget for fiscal 2018 to enhance missile defence capabilities to counter ballistic missile threats from North Korea.
If approved, the budget amendment supports efforts to detect, defeat and defend against any North Korean use of ballistic missiles against the US, its deployed forces, allies or partners.
Trump also requested $700mn to repair damage and restore the operational readiness of the USS John S. McCain and the USS Fitzgerald.
These naval ships are responsible for providing critical naval presence and additional ballistic missile defence capabilities in the Asia-Pacific area.
The request also includes another $1.2bn for Trump Administration’s South Asia strategy, which would support the deployment of 3,500 more troops to Afghanistan in support of the South Asia strategy.
It also includes funding for urgent needs and special operations forces capabilities.
US Congress was also requested to provide $1.6bn to fund the construction of a border wall between the US and Mexico, according to media sources.
Additionally, the US and the Republic of Korea (ROK) are deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system amid North Korea’s strategic provocations and its repeated ballistic missile tests.
The THAAD system has been designed to intercept and destroy short-range, medium- range and select intermediate-range ballistic missiles inside or outside the atmosphere during the threat missile’s final, or terminal, phase of flight.