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The world is getting 'numb' to N. Korean missiles: US admiral

WASHINGTON -- Amid concerns about its development and testing of nuclear weapons, North Korea may be lulling the world into largely accepting its advances in missile technology, the admiral in charge of American forces in Asia and the Pacific said Tuesday.

Adm. Samuel Locklear told a Pentagon news conference that he is concerned by North Korea's frequent testing of ballistic missiles. Locklear heads U.S. Pacific Command, and his responsibilities include military relations with longtime U.S. ally South Korea.

North Korea often test-fires missiles, artillery and rockets, but the number of weapons tests it has conducted this year is much higher than previous years.

“Every time they do something that the international community has told them not to do, particularly as it relates to missile technology or nuclear technology, you have to assume that it's a step forward in technology,” Locklear said. “Otherwise, they probably wouldn't be doing it.”

Locklear said he worries that “you become somewhat numb” to reports of another North Korean missile test, adding, “you start to say, well, it's not such a big deal.”

In the latest signs of international concern, a U.N. Security Council committee on Monday imposed sanctions on a North Korean shipping company that operates a ship seized last year by Panama for carrying undeclared military equipment from Cuba.

The North Korean company is suspected of helping arrange the shipment of arms in violation of a U.N. arms embargo imposed against Pyongyang in response to North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

Locklear said this and other recent developments highlight the importance of partnering with other countries to counter illicit North Korean weapons activities.

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People watch a TV news program reporting on North Korea's artillery shells at Seoul Railway Station, July 14. (AP)

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