‘North Korea claims it can test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of striking the US mainland at any time from any location, saying Washington’s “hostile” policy has forced Pyongyang to develop such missiles.

“The ICBM will be launched anytime and anywhere determined by the supreme headquarters of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK),” the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted an unnamed North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying on Sunday.

The announcement came a week after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said his nuclear-capable country was very close to test-launching an ICBM.

The spokesman also said that Washington “is wholly to blame for pushing the DPRK to have developed ICBM as it has desperately resorted to anachronistic policy hostile toward the DPRK for decades to encroach upon its sovereignty and vital rights.”‘

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