“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,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency said, citing a commentary in the Rodong Sinmun newspaper.
The end of the U.S.’s anti-North Korea policies are now a “near reality,” the commentary said.
The isolated state has accelerated its missile-testing program in defiance of United Nations sanctions, as leader Kim Jong Un seeks to develop a device that can deliver a nuclear warhead to North America. The regime already possesses the Taepodong-2, which can reach all parts of the U.S., but analysts say it has been used for launching satellites into orbit and probably wouldn’t be suitable for delivering atomic weapons.