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Published April 03, 2013, 06:26 PM

North Korea steps up rhetoric, US deploys missile defense system to Guam

WASHINGTON (AP) - North Korea has taken its hostile rhetoric up another notch, warning that its military has been cleared to wage an attack on the U.S. using "smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear" weapons.

WASHINGTON (AP) - North Korea has taken its hostile rhetoric up another notch, warning that its military has been cleared to wage an attack on the U.S. using "smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear" weapons. The warning came from an unnamed army spokesman and was carried by the state-run news agency. At the Pentagon, officials say a missile defense system has been deployed to the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam to strengthen the region's protections against a possible attack.

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