North Korea threatens to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile ‘any time and anywhere’ as retaliation for US ‘hostilities’
Kim Jong Un claims county is close to test-launch of new intercontinental missile
It will be launched ‘anytime and anywhere’ determined by dictator, official says
Washington says anything threatening territory of US or allies will be shot down
9 January 2017
North Korea has threatened to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile ‘any time and anywhere’ as retaliation for US ‘hostilities’.
Dictator Kim Jong Un claimed on New Year’s Day that his nuclear-capable country is close to test-launching an ‘ICBM’.
But officials in Washington say that if Pyongyang launches anything that threatens the territory of the US or its allies, it will be shot down.
A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said: ‘The ICBM will be launched anytime and anywhere determined by the supreme headquarters of the DPRK.
The North is formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
US Defence Secretary Ash Carter said on Sunday that North Korea’s nuclear weapons capabilities and ballistic missile defence programs constituted a ‘serious threat’ to the United States and that it was prepared to shoot down a North Korean missile launch or test.