North Korea probably lacks the ability to deliver nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles but the United States must be prepared for “every contingency out there,” President Obama said in an exclusive TODAY interview recorded just before the Boston Marathon explosions.
“Based on our current intelligence assessments we do not think that they have that capacity,” Obama told Savannah Guthrie. However, North Korea’s history of consistently erratic behavior has forced the Pentagon to take all necessary precautions.
“We have to make sure that we are dealing with every contingency out there. And that’s why I’ve repositioned missile defense systems to guard against any miscalculation on their part,” he said in a wide-ranging interview. The first part of the discussion aired Tuesday.
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- Obama: We’re ready for all North Korea contingencies (usatoday.com)
- Barack Obama says North Korea doesn’t have nuclear missiles (en.trend.az)
- Obama doesn’t see North Korea launching nuclear weapon (politico.com)
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- Obama doubts North Korea nuclear missile capability (rawstory.com)