While Kim Jong-un has previously claimed his intercontinental ballistic missiles are capable of hitting the USA mainland, weapons experts are divided on the matter.
The US should refrain from making any pre-emptive military strike against North Korea, as it would inflict "huge casualties and damage" to the reclusive regime's neighboring countries, an expert said Tuesday.
North Korea has once again warned the United States against its "hostile activities", saying a nuclear war may break out anytime if Washington does not stop provocation against Pyongyang. So, you will be safe from retaliation.
In comments delivered to the First Committee of the U.N. General Assembly, North Korean Deputy U.N. Ambassador Kim In Ryong assured the global body's disarmament committee that his country continues to back the goal of denuclearization promoted by the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons adopted on July 7 and opened for signature last month.
However he did warn that the USA mainland was within missile firing range, according to reports.
Kim issued a strong warning stating that the entire USA mainland is in their firing territory, and in case of any wrong deed by Trump, the United States will not be able to escape from severe punishment.
Trump has on several occasions said a military action is on cards if North Korea does not stop its provocative activities in the Korean Peninsula.
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He also added that the Us subjects Pyongyang to "such an extreme and direct nuclear threat".
The crux of the ongoing crisis in the Korean peninsula has been Pyongyang's continuous quest to achieve nuclear and missile capability that will enable level playing field for them.
With an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile and the recent reports of the successful testing of a miniaturized hydrogen bomb, they have both arms covered to a large extent.
He suggested that those efforts should be accompanied by the freeing of all political prisoners in the country, which he said could be achieved by negotiating with North Koreans who could assume interim administrative responsibilities after the peaceful ouster of Kim Jong Un.
Earlier this year, the South Korean media reported that U.S. Navy SEALS were training with South Korean forces for a "decapitation" mission, to try and kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
"He's not seeking to go to war", Tillerson told CNN, adding ominously that efforts would "continue until the first bomb drops".