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U.S. not to intercept DPRK missile unless threatened: Commander


08:15, April 10, 2013

WASHINGTON, April 9 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. commander in charge of forces in the Asia Pacific region said Tuesday that if the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) launches a missile in the near future, he would recommend U.S. forces shoot it down when U.S. homeland, forward-deployed forces and allies were threatened.

At a Senate hearing, Samuel Locklear, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said if it was "in defense of the homeland... and if it was defense of our allies," he would recommend U.S. forces shoot down DPRK missile, if the country launches one.

"I believe we have a credible ability to defend the homeland, to defend Hawaii, defend Guam, to defend our forward-deployed forces and defend our allies," said Locklear.

However, Locklear rejected the idea to shoot down a DPRK missile regardless of whether it poses a threat or what the intended target is, saying he "would not recommend that."

As tensions on the Korean Peninsula continues to rise, the U.S. military has moved many missile-defense capabilities into the region, such as Aegis guided-missile destroyers USS John McCain and USS Decatur. A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System ( THAAD) will also be deployed to Guam.

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