US prepares for imminent North Korean missile launch

The Pentagon's Pacific commander, Adm. Samuel Locklear, testified Tuesday that the U.S. is “ready today” to respond to North Korean aggression and has the capability to shoot down North Korean missiles that threaten U.S. territory or allied countries. He said the missile would only be shot down if it's seen to pose a threat.

The Obama administration has played down North Korea's recent outburst of bellicose rhetoric, saying it's aimed at extracting concessions from the United States and South Korea. The State Department said Tuesday it is not advising U.S. citizens to evacuate the South, despite the North's warnings of “thermonuclear war.”