ANCHORAGE - Alaska's U.S. senators say North Korea's testing of a long-range rocket underscores the need for American missile defense systems.
Republican Lisa Murkowski says she's disappointed by North Korea's launch. She says it's an aggressive move that risks destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region.
She says that in light of the illegal action, now is not the time to make cuts in missile defense programs.
Democrat Mark Begich says the firing of the rocket over Japan reinforces the need for a strong missile defense system in Alaska.
Begich says the interceptor system at Alaska's Fort Greely should remain a priority for the Department of Defense because a missile from North Korea could reach Alaska.
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