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U.S. commander: N. Korea can 'range continental U.S.' with ICBM

All Headlines 01:56 March 11, 2016

WASHINGTON, March 10 (Yonhap) -- US Northern Command Commander William Gortney said Thursday he believes North Korea has the ability to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile that can "range the continental United States."

"I assess that they have the ability to put an ICBM in space and range the continental United States and Canada," Gortney said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

"I assess as the commander there that it's the prudent decision on my part to assume that he has the capability to ... miniaturize a nuclear weapon and put it on an ICBM" and "range all of the states of the United States and Canada," he said, apparently referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Gortney stressed that the U.S. has the ability to engage the North Korean threat.

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