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North Korea threats a concern to U.S.

on October 01, 2013 10:00 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military needs to improve its missile defense and cyber capabilities to better defend against persistent threats from Pyongyang, the commander of U.S. forces in Korea said today.

Gen. James Thurman, who will leave his command Wednesday and retire, offered a sobering assessment of North Korea’s continued drive to become a nuclear power and expressed disappointment in its young leader, Kim Jong Un.

Thurman told reporters he is most worried about the South’s abilities to face asymmetric threats from the North, including cyber attacks and long-range ballistic missiles and artillery.

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