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N. Korea says nuclear weapons can reach US

Published on Feb 27, 2013 4:38 PM
 
In this photo taken and released by the North's official KCNA news agency on Feb 14, 2013, North Korean officials attend a rally celebrating the country's third nuclear test at the Kim Il Sung square in Pyongyang. North Korea warned on Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013, that the US mainland was "well within" the range of its nuclear weapons, as Pyongyang continued to ramp up the bellicose rhetoric after its recent nuclear test. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea warned on Wednesday that the US mainland was "well within" the range of its nuclear weapons, as Pyongyang continued to ramp up the bellicose rhetoric after its recent nuclear test.

In an article posted on the official Uriminzokkiri website, a member of the Korean National Peace Committee - a propaganda body - said the North was now a "fully-independent rocket and nuclear weapons state".

"The United States should be acutely aware that the US mainland is now well within the range of our strategic rockets and nuclear weapons," the signed commentary said.

North Korea made a similar claim in October last year, saying it possessed rockets capable of striking the continental United States.

 
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