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Pacific commander plans for NKorea missile threat

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November 5, 2013 01:17 PM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief of U.S. forces in the Pacific says he's planning for the possibility that North Korea has an intercontinental ballistic missile that can hit America although it's unclear if they really do.

Adm. Samuel Locklear told reporters Tuesday that North Korea wants the world to believe that it has such a capability, so he's bound to take that threat seriously.

Over the past 18 months, North Korea has conducted a nuclear test, launched a long-range rocket into space and displayed at a military parade its road mobile KN-08 missile.

If operable, the KN-08 could potentially hit the U.S. But some experts say the missiles on show were mock-ups.

Locklear said whether they are real or not, he's planning for that contingency, to protect the U.S. and the region.