U.S. President Donald Trump warned in an interview with Reuters in late April that a "major, major conflict" with North Korea was possible, but said he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute over its nuclear and missile programs.
This data underlines the progress made by Pyongyang in its efforts to develop an intercontinental nuclear missile in the future that can reach the United States.
Speaking to reporters, Kim hailed the test launch and said that if the Trump administration wants peace on the divided Korean Peninsula, it should replace the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace accord and halt its anti-North Korea policy.
In a separate statement, a Central Intelligence Agency analyst said this week Iran and North Korea are working together to improve their respective missile programs, according to CNBC.
Speaking on the situation in the Asia-Pacific region, the security chief said that Korean peninsula is on the brink of war and accused the powers of provoking the secretive nation by deploying USA warships to the Korean peninsula.
And by the way, the Security Council added, all countries should implement previous United Nations requests for sanctions against North Korea.
North Korea, also known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), has vowed to develop a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead that can strike the mainland United States, saying the program is necessary to counter USA aggression.
In another cyberattack suggesting possible Pyongyang involvement, a phishing attempt was made sometime before May 12 against a United Nations committee tasked with monitoring the implementation of sanctions against North Korea, a source confirmed Friday.
"I am sure that more defections of my colleagues will take place, since North Korea is already on a slippery slope", Thae had said in January.
"The U.S. should mind that the DPRK nuclear striking capability will be strengthened and developed at a rapidly high speed as long as the U.S. insists its anti-DPRK policy, nasty nuclear threats and blackmails, sanction and pressure", he said.
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