US general voices concern over North Korea missles

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The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army commander for the Pacific is voicing concern over the increased range and precision of North Korean missiles.

Gen. Vincent Brooks said Wednesday it is difficult to surmise North Korea's ability to wed its missile systems with nuclear weapons, but its long-range capabilities are becoming a physical threat to American territory.

Brooks told a Washington think tank that with tensions running high, the U.S. needs to keep its military prepared, while remaining ready for dialogue if there's a diplomatic opening.

On Monday, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of "merciless strikes" as Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills.

Brooks said because of the threat from North Korea, the U.S. has no alternative but to conduct military exercises.

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