North Korea: We Can Hit US Mainland
Pyongyang rattles sabers after US deal with South
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2012 4:05 PM CDT
In this video image taken from KRT, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un holds up his credentials as the Supreme People's Assembly's second meeting of the year, in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sept. 25.   (AP Photo/KRT via AP video)

(Newser) – After the US this week gave South Korea permission to extend the range of its missiles, everyone expected North Korea to respond in some fashion. It didn't disappoint: Pyongyang today declared that its missiles could hit not only the "puppet forces" of the South but the US mainland as well, reports Reuters. The North's claims are impossible to verify, and the last big test of a long-range missile fizzled in April, notes the BBC.

  • North's statement: "We do not hide (the fact) that the revolutionary armed forces ... including the strategic rocket forces are keeping within the scope of strike not only the bases of the puppet forces and the US imperialist aggression forces' bases in the inviolable land of Korea, but also Japan, Guam, and the US mainland."
  • State Department's comeback: "Certainly rather than bragging about its missile capability, they ought to be feeding their own people."

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Oct 10, 2012 4:30 PM CDT
That is the same problem Israel has, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas would rather spend it money on weapons and other things than keep food on the table for its people. North Korea wont allack us because all we have to do is so a precise launching and they are no more. and we WILL NOT just attack back at the launch sites, but the one that gave the order... which is what Israel should be doing. attack the leadership as well as its proxies..
Oct 10, 2012 3:47 PM CDT
Sometimes I wonder if the reason North Korea exists is to provide America with an occasional hate figure. Its military is almost laughably equipped. North Korea's Military budget is about $6-7 Billion - America's is around $700 billion. There is no credible threat.
Oct 10, 2012 10:08 AM CDT
LOL, we've seen their missile tests, they can't even hit the next town.