N. Korea has ballistic missiles in range of U.S. mainland: U.S. admiral

By Hwang Doo-hyongWASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (Yonhap) -- North Korea possesses long-range ballistic missiles than can reach the mainland United States as well as Hawaii, Admiral Timothy Keating of the U.S. Pacific Command said Thursday."North Korea, I think, does have intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach the United States," Keating said in a news conference at the National Press Building here. "Remember, that would include Hawaii and territories of the United States in our area of responsibility in the Pacific. So, yes, I think they do have that capability."The admiral, however, said that his command is "prepared to deal with that eventuality should it -- that situation present itself. By increased capabilities in ballistic missile defense, we in the United States Pacific Command are more prepared to address that issue should it develop."North Korea test-fired a long-range missile in 2006 for the second time after a similar one in 1998 amid conflicting reports about the success of the tests.

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