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U.S. downplays North Korean nuclear missile capabilities

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 01:27

April 12 - The White House says North Korea has not demonstrated a capability to deploy a nuclear armed missile. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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White House spokesman Jay Carney adds his voice Friday to a chorus of U.S. officials seeking to downplay a Pentagon report stating that North Korea already has nuclear missile capacity. (SOUNDBITE)(English) WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY SAYING: "I want to be clear that North Korea has not demonstrated the capability to deploy a nuclear armed missile." A report, issued by the Defense Intelligence Agency concluded that North Korea likely has a nuclear bomb that can be launched on a missile. However, defense and intelligence officials later cast doubt on the report, saying that it was a preliminary assessment that never reached senior levels of government. (SOUNDBITE)(English) WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY SAYING: "North Koreans have tested nuclear weapons and they have developed some missile technology. What they have not done is demonstrate a capacity to, a capability to deploy a nuclear armed missile, attach a warhead to a missile and fire it." North Korea has deployed as many as five medium-range missiles, according to assessments by the U.S. and South Korea, possibly in readiness for a test launch that would demonstrate its ability to hit U.S. bases on Guam.

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U.S. downplays North Korean nuclear missile capabilities

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 01:27