North Korea Says Missiles Can Reach US

North Korea said Tuesday that it has missiles that can reach the U.S. mainland in an apparent threat that was issued after South Korea announced an agreement with the United States to extend the range its missiles.

North Korean state-run media said that its rocket-strike zone includes “not only the bases of the puppet forces and the U.S. imperialist aggression forces’ bases in the inviolable land of Korea, but also Japan, Guam and the U.S. mainland,” reported CNN.

South Korea and the United States recently announced a deal that would extend the country’s missile range to targets anywhere in North Korea. The United States has required South Korea to limit the range of its ballistic missiles in exchange for access to U.S. missile technology. A new range limit was just agreed upon.

A U.S. official on Tuesday said that the missile defense deal will help South Korea deal with a potential attack from the North.

“These revisions are a prudent, proportional, and specific response to the DPRK ballistic missile threat,” the State Department official, who was not named, told AFP, referring to North Korea. The plan is “designed to improve the (South’s) ability to defend against DPRK ballistic missiles,” the official added. source:

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