SEOUL - Isolated North Korea has rockets
that can hit the US mainland, it said on Tuesday, two days
after South Korea struck a deal with the United States to extend
the range of its ballistic missiles.
North and South Korea
have been technically at war since
their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, and
regional powers have for years been trying to rein in the
North's nuclear weapons program.
is believed to be developing a long-range
missile with a range of 6,700 km or more aimed at
hitting the United States
, but two recent rocket tests both
Its neighbors fear the North is using rocket launches to
perfect technology to build a missile capable of delivering a
nuclear warhead to the United States
North Korea's National Defense Commission
said in a
statement that the North was prepared to counter any US
military threats, its KCNA news agency said.