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UN's Ban alarmed by North Korea missile claim

Published on Oct 9, 2012 11:11 PM

PARIS (AFP) - North Korea's claim that it has missiles capable of reaching the US mainland is "alarming", UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon told AFP on Tuesday.

Mr Ban, a former foreign minister of South Korea, admitted he had no way of knowing if the claim was credible but said: "I read the report and it is quite an alarming statement by the DPRK (North Korea)."

Meanwhile, a US official said on Tuesday that a deal between the United States and South Korea to triple the range of South Korean missiles to cover all of North Korea will help Seoul defend itself from attack.

"These revisions are a prudent, proportional, and specific response to the DPRK ballistic missile threat," a State Department official told AFP, referring to North Korea.