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US tries to tamp down new concerns over NKorea

Friday - 4/12/2013, 6:10pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is trying to tamp down concern over a new intelligence report showing North Korea could arm a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says Pyongyang has not demonstrated the capability to launch such a nuclear armed missile. He says it "is not simple" to take that step.

However, Carney says North Korea continues to express a desire to seek nuclear weapons capabilities. That, he says, is a "matter of concern" for the United States.

The Defense Intelligence Agency says in a newly revealed report that it has "moderate confidence" that North Korea knows how to deliver a nuclear weapon on a ballistic missile.


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