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North Korea says its missiles can reach United States

  • North Korea has said its missiles can hit the U.S. mainland, in a statement two days after South Korea unveiled a missile deal with the United States.

    South Korea on Sunday announced an agreement with the U.S. that extends the range of its ballistic missiles by more than twice its current limit to 497 miles.

    In a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday, North Korea's national defence commission said: "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 U.S. mainland."

    The U.S. has repeatedly denied it has any intention to strike North Korea. It has more than 20,000 troops stationed in the south in defence of its ally.

    North Korea is believed to be developing a long-range missile with a range of 4,160 miles that could hit the U.S.

    Two recent rocket tests both failed but neighbouring nations fear the north is using the launches to perfect its technology.