US safe from North Korean nuclear strike: Donald Trump
North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the US. It won�t happen, Trump tweeted.
US President-elect Donald Trump has stated that North Korea would not develop a nuclear missile capable of reaching US territory.
Trump's remark came a day after the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, appeared to try to put pressure on Trump by announcing his country is in the "final stages" of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
Trump took to Twitter on Monday evening to promise North Korea would not develop a nuclear missile capable of reaching US territory.
“North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the US. It won’t happen!” Trump tweeted.
In another tweet, the Republican billionaire said: “China has been taking out massive amounts of money and wealth from the US in totally one-sided trade, but won’t help with North Korea. Nice!”
Addressing a televised New Year's day speech on Sunday, Kim said Pyongyang had "soared as a nuclear power," adding that it is now a "military power of the East that cannot be touched by even the strongest enemy."
North Korea, however, carried out two nuclear tests and numerous missile launches last year in pursuit of its oft-stated goal -- developing a weapons system capable of hitting the US mainland with a nuclear warhead.
Thae Yong-Ho, North Korea's former deputy ambassador to Britain who defected to the South in August, has said Kim was planning a "prime time" nuclear weapons push in 2017 to take advantage of leadership transitions in Washington and Seoul.
According to a The Guardian report, North Korea has never successfully test-fired an ICBM but, according to Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, it has made significant progress in developing the technology.
“The bottom line is Pyongyang is much further along in their missile development than most people realise,” Hanham said, citing an April test on a large liquid-fuelled engine that could propel an ICBM.
“The liquid engine test was astounding. For years we knew that North Korea had a Soviet R-27 missile engine design. They re-engineered the design of that engine to double its propulsion.”