Donald Trump has retweeted a Fox News report based on anonymous United States intelligence sources, despite his attorney general's pledge to clamp down on government leaks.
The findings would put North Korea's nuclear program years ahead of projections, according to some analysts, and bring it closer to its long-sought goal of becoming a nuclear power that can strike the U.S.
Not normally a hugger, this is how much Kim Jong-un likes intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The Washington Post also reported that North Korea had successfully attached a small nuclear warhead onto a missile, something it hasn't shown capability of until recently.
The sanctions passed by 15 votes to 0, including the support of China, North Korea's only ally, which has urged the country to stop missile testing.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the defense detachment on Jangjae Islet, in this undated photo released by KCNA on May 5, 2017. It's not clear whether the US military would obey a presidential order to attack North Korea.
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States".
In a Japanese defense white paper Tuesday, Tokyo said the threat from North Korean nuclear weapons has reached a "new stage", adding it was "conceivable" North Korea had made progress on miniaturizing a nuclear warhead to place on its new long-range missiles.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the North has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, according to a confidential USA intelligence assessment. North Korea threatened to retaliate shortly thereafter.
North Korea's ICBM had left the major world powers divided.
With Seoul, a city of around 10 million people, only 35 miles from the North Korean border, any inflammatory language risks millions of lives. For years, the USA tried to negotiate a halt to North Korea's nuclear program, but those deals inevitably collapsed.
The website, citing sources in the US government, said based on the missile's flight time and it's 3,700 mile-high apogee, it showed a vast improvement from the test of the missile in early July, and could reach as far as Washington, D.C., while carrying a nuclear warhead.
Rep. Ro Khanna, D-California, said that this is "not the time" to issue more threats and to test North Korea's long-range missiles. Despite the rapid tempo of these tests, uncertainty has lingered over the isolated nation's ability to couple such a missile with a nuclear device.
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