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North Korea could have U.S. within missile range, says South

An undated image released by South Korea's Defence Ministry in Seoul on December 23, 2012, shows a piece of wreckage of North Korea's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket being pulled up by the South Korean navy. REUTERS/South Korea's Defence Ministry/Handout

An undated image released by South Korea's Defence Ministry in Seoul on December 23, 2012, shows a piece of wreckage of North Korea's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket being pulled up by the South Korean navy. REUTERS/South Korea's Defence Ministry/Handout

An undated image released by South Korea's Defence Ministry in Seoul on December 23, 2012, shows a piece of wreckage of North Korea's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket being pulled up by the South Korean navy. REUTERS/South Korea's Defence Ministry/Handout
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An undated image released by South Korea's defence ministry in Seoul December 23, 2012, shows that a piece of wreckage of North Korea's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket is seen on a navy vessel of South Korean navy after it was pulled up. The piece is estimated as a fuel tank of the rocket by the defence ministry. This month's rocket launch by reclusive North Korea shows it has likely developed the technology, long suspected in the West, to fire a warhead more than 10,000 km (6,200 miles), South Korean officials said on Sunday, putting the U.S. West Coast in range. REUTERS/Defence Ministry/Handout

An undated image released by South Korea's defence ministry in Seoul December 23, 2012, shows that a piece of wreckage of North Korea's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket is seen on a navy vessel of South Korean navy after it was pulled up. The piece is...more

An undated image released by South Korea's defence ministry in Seoul December 23, 2012, shows that a piece of wreckage of North Korea's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket is seen on a navy vessel of South Korean navy after it was pulled up. The piece is estimated as a fuel tank of the rocket by the defence ministry. This month's rocket launch by reclusive North Korea shows it has likely developed the technology, long suspected in the West, to fire a warhead more than 10,000 km (6,200 miles), South Korean officials said on Sunday, putting the U.S. West Coast in range. REUTERS/Defence Ministry/Handout
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An undated image released by South Korea's defence ministry in Seoul December 23, 2012, shows that a piece of wreckage of North Korea's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket is seen on a navy vessel of South Korean navy. REUTERS/Defence Ministry/Handout

An undated image released by South Korea's defence ministry in Seoul December 23, 2012, shows that a piece of wreckage of North Korea's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket is seen on a navy vessel of South Korean navy. REUTERS/Defence Ministry/Handout

An undated image released by South Korea's defence ministry in Seoul December 23, 2012, shows that a piece of wreckage of North Korea's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket is seen on a navy vessel of South Korean navy. REUTERS/Defence Ministry/Handout
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An undated image released by South Korea's defence ministry in Seoul December 21, 2012 shows a South Korean officer checking a piece of wreckage of North Korea's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, at the Agency of Defense Development in Daejeon, south of Seoul. The wreckage was found in the sea 160 km (99 miles) off Gunsan, south of Seoul December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Defence Ministry/Handout

An undated image released by South Korea's defence ministry in Seoul December 21, 2012 shows a South Korean officer checking a piece of wreckage of North Korea's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, at the Agency of Defense Development in Daejeon, south of...more

An undated image released by South Korea's defence ministry in Seoul December 21, 2012 shows a South Korean officer checking a piece of wreckage of North Korea's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, at the Agency of Defense Development in Daejeon, south of Seoul. The wreckage was found in the sea 160 km (99 miles) off Gunsan, south of Seoul December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Defence Ministry/Handout
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An undated image released by South Korea's defence ministry in Seoul December 21, 2012 shows South Korean officers checking a piece of wreckage of North Korea's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, at the Agency of Defense Development in Daejeon, south of Seoul. The wreckage was found in the sea 160 km (99 miles) off Gunsan, south of Seoul December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Defence Ministry/Handout

An undated image released by South Korea's defence ministry in Seoul December 21, 2012 shows South Korean officers checking a piece of wreckage of North Korea's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, at the Agency of Defense Development in Daejeon, south of...more

An undated image released by South Korea's defence ministry in Seoul December 21, 2012 shows South Korean officers checking a piece of wreckage of North Korea's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, at the Agency of Defense Development in Daejeon, south of Seoul. The wreckage was found in the sea 160 km (99 miles) off Gunsan, south of Seoul December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Defence Ministry/Handout
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A South Korean soldier stands guard near a guard post, just south of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating South Korea from North Korea, in Cheorwon, 77 km (48 miles) northeast of Seoul in this picture released by local Yonhap news agency December 23, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Hae-Yong/Yonhap

A South Korean soldier stands guard near a guard post, just south of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating South Korea from North Korea, in Cheorwon, 77 km (48 miles) northeast of Seoul in this picture released by local Yonhap news agency December...more

A South Korean soldier stands guard near a guard post, just south of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating South Korea from North Korea, in Cheorwon, 77 km (48 miles) northeast of Seoul in this picture released by local Yonhap news agency December 23, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Hae-Yong/Yonhap
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KOREA-NORTH MISSILE - Globe map showing the estimated range for a North Korean missile, according to the South Korean Defense Ministry. RNGS.

KOREA-NORTH MISSILE - Globe map showing the estimated range for a North Korean missile, according to the South Korean Defense Ministry. RNGS.

KOREA-NORTH MISSILE - Globe map showing the estimated range for a North Korean missile, according to the South Korean Defense Ministry. RNGS.
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