#Breaking U.S. commander: N. Korea can ‘range continental U.S.’ with ICBM

672548WASHINGTON, March 10 (Yonhap) — North Korea can “range the continental United States” with an intercontinental ballistic missile and it would be prudent to assume Pyongyang can also miniaturize a nuclear warhead to put on an ICBM, the U.S. northern commander said Thursday.”I assess that they have the ability to put an ICBM in space and range the continental United States and Canada,” U.S. Northern Command Commander William Gortney said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.Asked if the range will then clearly include Hawaii and Alaska, the commander said, “Absolutely.”   On the North’s nuclear missile capabilities, Gortney said, “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.”   Gortney stressed that the U.S. has the ability to defend against the North Korean threat.”We have the ability to engage that threat,” he said. “The intel community gives it a very low probability at success. But I don’t think that American people want to base my readiness assessment on a low probability.”

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