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N.K.'s 'technical capability' has not increased after nuclear test: senior U.S. official

All News 05:19 January 20, 2016

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's nuclear capability is not believed to have increased despite the communist nation's latest nuclear test, a senior U.S. missile defense official said Tuesday.

"I would assess their technical capability has not increased," Vice Adm. James Syring, director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, said during a discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

He didn't elaborate on the basis of his assessment.

"That said, everything they're doing continues to be alarming and provoking," Syring said. "And every step that we've taken with the program I briefed and our actions every day are vitally important to stay ahead of that threat. We continue to watch it closely and continue to watch its actions with scrutiny."

North Korea claimed the Jan. 6 test was a successful detonation of a hydrogen bomb.

But the White House said "initial analysis is not consistent" with the North's claims.

jschang@yna.co.kr
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