Seoul Suspects 100 Sites Over NK Nuke Program
South Korea has identified about 100 North Korean sites linked to the communist state's nuclear program and has the capacity to strike them if necessary, South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-young said Monday.
"There are about 100 sites related to the nuclear" program in North Korea, Minister Kim was quoted as telling lawmakers during a parliamentary audit.
"We have a complete list of them," he said, expressing confidence his forces could strike any of them "if it is absolutely clear a North Korean offensive is imminent."
The comment came after Kim said at a parliamentary hearing last month that he knew of sites where the North could be hiding its stockpile of nuclear arms if the communist state had one.
"We have sufficient information as to the locations where items related to the nuclear program are stored and the delivery means are placed," the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday.
North Korea has conducted two known atomic tests in the past three years _ one in October 2006 and the other in May this year.
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Oct. 6, 2009, Tues. by Jung, Myung-Jin, email@example.com