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Admiral says US can intercept North Korean missile

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, left, welcomes Adm. Samuel Locklear, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, on Capitol Hill Tuesday prior to Locklear testifying before the committee's hearing focusing on the Korean peninsula.

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U.S. defenses could intercept a ballistic missile launched by North Korea, the top U.S. military commander in the Pacific said Tuesday, as the relationship between the West and the communist government hit its lowest ebb since the end of the Korean War.
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