Obama on NKorea: We Must Deal With 'Every Contingency'

NBC: North Korea probably lacks the ability to deliver nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles but the United States must be prepared for “every contingency out there,” President Obama said in an exclusive TODAY interview recorded just before the Boston Marathon explosions.

“Based on our current intelligence assessments we do not think that they have that capacity,” Obama told Savannah Guthrie. However, North Korea's history of consistently erratic behavior has forced the Pentagon to take all necessary precautions.

“We have to make sure that we are dealing with every contingency out there. And that's why I've repositioned missile defense systems to guard against any miscalculation on their part,” he said in a wide-ranging interview. The first part of the discussion aired Tuesday.

With the threat of war looming over the Korean peninsula, Obama said he predicted North Korea will continue escalating its rhetoric for a bit longer before its untested leader, Kim Jong Un, agrees to discuss potential resolution over its nuclear and missile programs.


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