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By Brahma Chellaney
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Navy Adm
The chief of U.S. Pacific Command warned North Korea on Thursday not to launch a long-range missile this month in violation of international law, saying it would be destabilizing for the region.
Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld criticized the U.N.'s Law of the Sea Treaty as a potential burden on U.S. companies, just hours after six four-star military officers had hailed the treaty as a key diplomatic tool.
"Of course, in my role as the [Pacific Command] commander, my No. 1 priority is to ensure that we have properly reassured our allies and that we have properly defended our own homeland, and we will position our assets necessary to do that," said Adm.
"I think that they have progressively gained better technology over time, and they have progressively gained that through a number of methods over a number of years and decades," said Adm.