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N. Korea could deploy nuclear-armed missiles in 5 yrs


North Korea could deploy a nuclear-armed missile within five years, a senior South Korean official said Friday in what would be the first such assessment on the North's nuclear weapons capability, according to Yonhap News Agency.

"Unless we stop the current trend of North Korea's development of nuclear weapons, it will be possible for the North to commission its nuclear-armed missile unit within five years," Yun Duk Min, the president of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy affiliated with the Foreign Ministry, was quoted as saying at a security conference.

"The countdown for North Korea's deployment of nuclear-armed missiles has begun after the North's third nuclear test and the successful launch of a long-range missile," Yun said.