North Korea leaps forward with its missile program

"If enemies misunderstand our strategic status and stick to options of staging a pre-emptive nuclear attack against us, we will launch a nuclear attack on America's heart as the most relentless punishment without warning or prior notice", Pak said in a meeting, according to North Korea's official KCNA news agency. "The intelligence community is closely monitoring the expanding threat from North Korea", Bray told The Washington Post.

The administrator of the agency Vern Miyagi, who made the statement by saying it, would hardly take 15 minutes for any missiles from the North to reach the Hawaiian Islands; thus the instructions should be simple for the people.

While the volume is small, it's becoming a point of tension between President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart Donald Trump, who's pressing Russian Federation and other powers to ramp up opposition to the Communist regime's nuclear-missile program.

Thornton also said Washington was still considering whether to add North Korea back to the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, from which it was removed in 2008 in exchange for progress in denuclearization talks.

In a sign Congress is losing patience with both Iran and North Korea, the House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed (419-3) new sanctions targeting Iran, North Korea and Russian Federation, due in part to Iran and North Korea's missile programs.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees all 17 USA intelligence agencies, declined to comment on any change in classified assessments.

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Recently, the U.S. intelligence also assessed that North Korea has accelerated its intercontinental range ballistic missile program.

Moscow has also argued that sanctions are not the answer to rein in North Korea, and that talks, as advocated by Beijing, were needed.

US officials have detected signs that North Korea is making final preparations for testing a new re-entry vehicle as early as Thursday, a North Korean national holiday marking the end of fighting in the Korean War.

Former senior U.S. defence intelligence official for East Asia said he believed China's plans reach beyond border security. Based on data on Chinese government websites and expert analysis, the newspaper reported that a new border defense brigade has been moved to the area over the past few months. The last one, in September, had an estimated yield of 20 to 30 kilotons, more than double the explosive force of any previous test.

North Korea raised the stakes with its launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile as Americans celebrated Independence Day on July 4. In early July, the country carried out its first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Diplomats say China and Russian Federation only view a long-range missile test or nuclear weapon test as a trigger for further possible United Nations sanctions.

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