North Korea warns military cleared to wage nuclear attack against US

South Korea says North Korea has moved a missile with “considerable range” to  its east coast after an unnamed spokesman for the North Korean army warned the  U.S. Wednesday that its military has been cleared to wage an attack using  “smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear” weapons.

South Korea’s defense minister said Thursday the missile moved is not capable  of hitting the United States.

Kim Kwan-jin dismissed reports in Japanese and South Korean media that the  missile could be a KN-08, which is believed to be a long-range missile that if  operable could hit the United States.

Kim told lawmakers at a hearing that the missile’s range is considerable but  not far enough to hit the U.S. mainland. He said he did not know the reasons  behind the missile movement, saying it “could be for testing or drills.”

The range he described could refer to a mobile North Korean missile known as  the Musudan, which has a range of 1,800 miles. That would make Japan and South  Korea potential targets, but little is known about the missile’s accuracy.

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