**North Korea Says Its Rockets Could Hit Continental US **
North Korea is warning that its rockets are capable of striking the continental United States, two days after Seoul said it signed a deal with Washington to allow South Korea to extend the range of its ballistic missiles.
A spokesperson for the North's National Defense Commission said in state media Tuesday Pyongyang has "strategic rocket forces" that can hit not only the mainland U.S., but also American military bases in South Korea, Japan and Guam.
North Korea is believed to be developing intercontinental ballistic missiles, but they have not been tested successfully. While Pyongyang does have the capability to strike South Korea and other nearby countries, experts say it could not strike the U.S. mainland.
It is Pyongyang's first public reaction to the deal announced Sunday in Seoul between the U.S. and South Korea, which nearly tripled the range of Seoul's missile system to protect against a possible attack from the nuclear-armed North.
**Obama, Romney Vie for Key Ohio Votes **
U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney take their campaigns to the key political battleground state of Ohio Tuesday, as they seek to win over voters with four weeks left before the election.
The latest polls indicate the two candidates are virtually tied ahead of the November 6 vote. Ohio is one of the few so-called swing states that are expected to decide who wins.
Despite losing ground in the polls to Mr. Romney following a debate on domestic policy last week, Mr. Obama told supporters at a fundraising event Monday night that he "very much" intends to win the election. He urged his backers to be "almost obsessive" in their efforts until election day.
Earlier Monday, Mr. Romney accused the president of being a weak leader, especially with regard to the Middle East.