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North Korea's SLBM threat is real, says U.S. Pacific Fleet commander

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SEOUL, July 20 (UPI) -- North Korea's claims that it has test-launched ballistic missiles from a submarine must be taken seriously, Adm. Scott Swift said in Seoul on Monday.

The U.S. Pacific Fleet commander made the statement the same day he held meetings with Chairman of South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff Choi Yoon-hee and Navy Chief of Staff Adm. Jung Ho-sup, Yonhap reported.

"We need to approach it as if it is real," Swift told South Korea press.

"Even if it was a photo shoot, there was a desire to pursue that capability and that is very destabilizing."

In May a U.S. Navy official had said video footage of North Korea's underwater tests had been manipulated, attributing the images to Pyongyang's "clever video editors and spin-meisters."

"They are years away from developing this capability," Adm. James Winnefeld had said earlier this year.



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Got to love me some NC Doom. 8-) Considering Iran supposedly has some sort of technology agreement with North Korea, even scarier! :whaat:

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