North Korea has threatened to launch nuclear weapons at New York City in response to President Donald Trump's tweets against Pyongyang, the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday.
The threats were made in the state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun, suggesting that although North Korea is more than 10,000 kilometers away from New York, "this is just not a long distance for its strike today."
The North Korean threat appeared to be in response to a series of tweets Trump sent out earlier this year, such as this one doubting the ability of the regime of' Kim Jong-un to develop nuclear weapons.
The North Korean paper stated that "Trump blustered early this year that the DPRK's final access to a nuclear weapon that can reach the US mainland will never happen. But the strategic weapons tests conducted by the DPRK clearly proved that the time of its ICBM test is not a long way off at all."
The threat comes a day after a Jeffrey Lewis, a U.S. expert on Kim's military, said North Korea is just one step away from launching a nuclear–tipped intercontinental ballistic missile with the ability to reach the U.S., with the only hurdle left developing a warhead capable of handling the extreme heat as it re-enters the atmosphere, The Sun reported.
The bravado from North Korea also comes as Defense Secretary James Mattis told the House Armed Services Committee that Pyongyang's efforts to develop its nuclear weapons program makes it the greatest threat to American and world security, according to U.S. News & World Report.
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