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N. Korea says may launch ICBM at any time, any place

All News 22:30 January 08, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Sunday said it may launch its long-range missile at any time and anywhere its leaders choose, possibly hinting at its mobile capabilities while also asserting its right to do so.

In an interview carried by the North's official Korean Central Television, a spokesman from the North's foreign ministry also claimed his country has already developed standardized nuclear warheads.

"The United States continues to denounce our just preparations to launch rockets as a provocation and talk about sanctions as if a thief wields a stick," the unidentified spokesman said.

In his New Year speech, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said his country was in the final stage of preparing to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Pyongyang has long been suspected of trying to develop long-range missiles that can reach the United States.

The foreign ministry official did not provide any details of what the North Korean leader called an imminent launch, only saying the ICBM will be launched at a time and place to be decided by North Korean leadership.

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