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Wed., April 10, 2013, 9:45 a.m.

Commander says U.S. could intercept missile

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., left, confers with Adm. Samuel Locklear, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. (Associated Press)
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., left, confers with Adm. Samuel Locklear, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., left, confers with Adm. Samuel Locklear, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON – The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific reassured Congress on Tuesday that the U.S. military could intercept any missile launched by North Korea and aimed at American territory or its East Asian allies.

Adm. Samuel Locklear’s briefing to senators came amid growing concern that North Korea is about to test a rocket – some observers suggest as early as today – after weeks of bellicose threats.

“We have a credible ability to defend the homeland, to defend Hawaii, to defend Guam, to defend our forward deployed forces, and to defend our allies,” Locklear told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.