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China Has Put Longer-Range ICBMs on Its Nuclear Subs, US Says

  • JL-3 would let China hit the US from closer to its own shore
  • JL-3 Sub ICBMs are ‘built to threaten US,’ Paparo says
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China has fielded new, longer-range ballistic missiles on its six nuclear-powered submarines, allowing it to hit the continental US from much closer to its own shores, the US acknowledged publicly for the first time Friday.

China’s six Jin-class submarines are now “equipped with JL-3 intercontinental ballistic missiles,” Admiral Sam Paparo, the head of the US Pacific Fleet, told military reporters at a conference in Washington. “They were built to threaten the United States.”