North Korea 'Not Far' From Testing Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
June 11, Pyongyang: North Korea says it has moved closer to test-firing an intercontinental ballistic missile with the potential of hitting the U.S. mainland.
The state-run Korean Central News Agency said, "U.S. President Donald Trump has said the world will never see North Korea reach the final stage of developing nuclear weapons that could reach the U.S., but recent strategic weapon tests have proved the country is 'not far away' from testing an ICBM,".
North Korea already has the technology needed to load a nuclear weapon on to a missile, and it is now waiting for the completion of its ICBM and submarine-launched ballistic missile technologies.
The U.S. last week tested a defense system that it said successfully intercepted and destroyed a mock intercontinental ballistic missile. The trial was the first intended to replicate the flight profile of an ICBM that could be deployed by North Korea.
In its latest act of provocation, North Korea on Thursday launched a series of short-range missiles that flew about 200 kilometers (124 miles). The projectiles appeared to be designed to attack ships.
The Oslo Times International News Network