|Gen. Joe Dunford (Image: Wiki Commons)|
By Lee Haye-ah
WASHINGTON, July 23 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is able to launch a "limited" missile attack and the United States stands ready to defend itself, South Korea and Japan should such an event occur, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff has said.
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford made the assessment at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado, Saturday, as he emphasized his immediate concern about North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.
"(North Korean leader) Kim Jong-un's regime is tied to program, and what I can tell the American people today is North Korea is capable of launching a limited missile attack," he said according to an article released by the Pentagon Sunday. "The United States military can defend against a limited North Korea attack on Seoul, Japan, and the United States."
Dunford's remarks appear to be consistent with those made by his deputy last week.
Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the JCS, told a Senate hearing the North has developed missiles with the range to hit the U.S., but without any degree of accuracy.
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