200 N Korean missiles pointed at Japan, warns Washington
TOKYO: The US government has warned Japan that North Korea has positioned 200 medium-range Rodong missiles to target Japan, a report said on Sunday, quoting a foreign ministry official here.
Washington had earlier told Tokyo that Pyongyang already possessed small nuclear warheads that could be mounted in ballistic missiles, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun said.
The Rodong has an estimated range of 1,300 kilometres (800 miles), which makes it capable of hitting anywhere in Japan.
South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday that North Korea had told the United States it had completed reprocessing spent fuel rods to extract plutonium for nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile, US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Sunday it was unclear whether North Korea's claim that it has completed the reprocessing of spent fuel rods to extract plutonium for nuclear weapon was true.