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Joint Chiefs Chair: US Should Assume NK Nuke Can Hit US

Joint Chiefs Chair: US Should Assume NK Nuke Can Hit US
(William Collette/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 26 September 2017 05:40 PM

The United States should assume North Korea can already strike the mainland with missiles, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said Tuesday.

Intelligence officials believe North Korea could be capable of hitting the United States by late 2018 — and Dunford told a Senate Armed Services Committee he agrees, Stars and Stripes reported.

"Whether it's three months or six months or 18 months, it is soon," he said, Stars and Stripes reported. "We ought to conduct ourselves as though it is just a matter of time, a matter of very short time, before North Korea has that capability."

"Frankly, I think we should assume today that North Korea has that capability and has the will to use that capability," he added.

Dunford, who was before the panel as it considers his reappointment, said the nation is adequately protected against threats to U.S. territory.

But he urged lawmakers to invest in upgrades to the nation's ballistic missile defense, which will be needed as North Korea – and other nations – increase their capabilities.

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