US to intercept North Korea missile only if threat: Admiral

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A top US commander said on Tuesday that he favoured shooting down a North Korean missile only if it threatened the United States or Washington's allies in the region.

"I would not recommend that," Admiral Samuel Locklear, head of US Pacific Command, told lawmakers when asked his view about Pyongyang possibly soon firing a missile, amid speculation North Korea is preparing for such a launch.