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How ready is the U.S. for a North Korean missile attack?
Rebecca Zisser / Axios

A successful May test of the U.S. long-range missile interceptor program, designed to destroy a possible North Korean missile before it could hit the U.S., was called a "critical milestone" by then-Missile Defense Director Vice Adm. Jim Syring. But since then North Korea has tested a missile that could possibly threaten the U.S. mainland.

So how ready is the U.S. for a North Korean missile attack on the West Coast? Syring told Congress last month we're "not…comfortably ahead of the threat."