DoD News Briefing

Captain Mike Doubleday, USN, DASD(PA)
Tuesday, April 15, 1997 - 1:30 p.m.

Q: There's a published report that North Korea was preparing to
deploy a new class of long range missiles that could reach South Korea
and Japan. Can you confirm whether that's the case or not? Is that
something the United States is looking into or concerned about? 

A: I certainly am aware of the report, but I'm not in a position to discuss
intelligence matters. I do want to point out, however, that we monitor
very closely the developments in ballistic missile programs such as this
one very closely. We've done that for many years. We'll continue to do
that kind of monitoring. We're very concerned about the development
and possible deployment or export of such missiles. I also want to point
out that there are talks which are scheduled to take place next month in
New York City regarding North Korean missile- related activities.