NKorea lacks capacity to hit US

WASHINGTON – North Korea does not have the ability to strike the US with “any degree of accuracy” and while its missiles have the range, they lack the necessary guidance capability, the vice chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Tuesday.

Earlier this month North Korea said it had conducted its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and that it had mastered the technology to mount a nuclear warhead on the missile.

But General Paul Selva, speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the July 4 test stopped short of showing North Korea had “the capacity to strike the US with any degree of accuracy or reasonable confidence of success”.

Pyongyang’s state media said the test successfully verified the atmospheric re-entry of the warhead, which experts say may be able to reach the State of Alaska in the US.

“What the experts tell me is that the North Koreans have yet to demonstrate the capacity to do the guidance and control that would be required,” said Mr Selva, the second highest-ranking US military official.

South Korea’s intelligence agency also does not believe North Korea has secured re-entry capabilities for its ICBM program.

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