Rick Perry: North Korean leaders understand importance of Austin

April 3, 2013

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) doesn't sound too surprised that North Korea might have its sights set on attacking his state's capital city in a strike against the United States.

"Economically, what has happened in Texas over the course of the last decade has made this city an epicenter for a lot of technology, a lot of economic development, and I think the individuals in North Korea understand that Austin, Texas, is now a very important city in America, as do corporate CEOs and other people who are moving here in record numbers," Perry told CBS News.

A recent photo from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's war room appears to indicate that Austin would be one of the American cities the country would target in a strike against the United States.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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