US Officials Say North Korea Capable of Hitting US in 2018

Posted July 27, 2017

North Korea could have a nuclear warhead capable of reaching the continental U.S.in 2018.

As the conversation turned to North Korea, Dunford told Mitchell that the us will tolerate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's threats for only so long.

"The true test will be what [the Chinese] have worked out with Russian Federation [and whether] Russian Federation comes and tries to pull out of that", said Haley. Haley had been aiming for a vote by the 15-member Security Council within weeks, senior diplomats said.

"We can't afford to argue with North Korea because it will completely cast Russia to the sidelines", said Georgy Toloraya, head of the Russian Academy of Science's Center for Asian Strategy.

North Korea has been under United Nations sanctions since 2006 over its ballistic missile and nuclear programmes and the Security Council has ratcheted up the measures in response to five nuclear weapons tests and two long-range missile launches.

On July 4, Pyongyang successfully carried out its intercontinental tests.

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North Korea has tested over a dozen missiles this year, launching a collection of brand new short-, medium-, intermediate-, and long-range ballistic missiles, as well as a new and improved surface-to-air missiles and coastal defense cruise missiles.

"I think we are making progress, so we are actually talking about different sanctions", she said.

"This test, and its impact on our assessments, highlight the threat that North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs pose to the United States, to our allies in the region, and to the whole world".

Liu said "there is going to be more than the last resolution".

The Pentagon has reportedly detected signs indicating a North Korean missile test may be imminent. From a purely military point of view, North Korea's artillery and nuclear arms hold too many civilians in Seoul at risk.

While China and North Korea exist on paper as allies, Sim Tack, an expert on North Korea at Stratfor, a geopolitical-analysis firm, previously told Business Insider that China would not likely defend Pyongyang from a US-led attack and instead try to prevent or dissuade the U.S. from taking such a step.

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Transporter vehicles carrying equipment for the firing of a ballistic missile were seen arriving in Kusong of the country's northwestern province, CNN reported Wednesday, citing an unnamed USA defense official.

Russian Federation has questioned whether the missile actually was an ICBM, though China did not.

"Everyone that we have dealt with acknowledges that it's an ICBM".

"If they really wanted to fill the gap by importing food from outside, they could spend that amount of money easily, but they don't do it because they can always have access to the NGOs (nongovernment organizations) and global organizations ready to provide them with free food assistance", Go said.

Servicemen from North Korea's military have vowed their firm readiness to fight with the United States ahead of the 64th anniversary of the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War, Pyongyang's state media said Wednesday.

"We just hope that the other relevant parties will be forthcoming because we don't see any alternative", he said.

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