US General Tells Senate North Korea Can Hit US With Nuclear ICBMThe U.S. commander in South Korea said Thursday that he believes North Korea has the ability to fit a nuclear warhead to a long-range missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. “I believe they’ve had the time and the capability to miniaturize” a nuclear weapon to arm North Korea’s new KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missiles, Army Gen. Curtis M. “Mike” Scaparrotti told the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC). Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, said “we must assume they have that capability” of hitting the U.S. Adm. Samuel Locklear, head of the Pacific Command, also testified and agreed with Scaparrotti’s assessment of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities but said they had yet to test the KN-08. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the SASC chairman, said the North Korean threat was enhanced by the unpredictability “of this overweight young man on the Korean peninsula” – meaning North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Scaparrotti agreed and said “that’s a disturbing factor.” Locklear and Scaparrotti backed up their earlier warning on North Korea’s missile threat from Adm. William Gortney, commander of Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. At the Pentagon last week, Gortney said: “Our assessment is that they have the ability to put a nuclear weapon on a KN-08 and shoot it at the homeland We assess that it’s operational today, and so we practice to go against it.” Gortney said the mobility of the KN-08s limits “our ability to get the indications that something might occur,” but he maintained “high confidence” that U.S. anti-missile defense systems would be able to defend against a potential North Korean strike. FULL REPORT