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U.S. dismisses DPRK's missile threat

(Xinhua)

08:30, October 10, 2012

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Tuesday dismissed the claimed ability to strike U.S. mainland with missiles by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), saying the threat will achieve nothing.

"Well, certainly, rather than bragging about its missile capability they ought to be feeding their own people, would be our first comment," said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

"The DPRK needs to understand that it will achieve nothing by threats or provocations. That's only gonna undermine their efforts to get back into conversation with the international community," she told reporters at a regular press briefing.

A spokesman for the DPRK's National Defense Commission announced earlier in the day that the country is equipped with strategic rocket forces now able to place the U.S. mainland territory, South Korea, Japan and Guam within its target range.

"We are well prepared to fight with nuclear (weapons) against any nuclear (attacks) by the U.S. and its followers," the spokesman said, vowing to launch all-out efforts to match the United States and South Korea.

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