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The shock claim indicates the regime has continued to advance its missile technology since it despot leader confirmed during his annual address that the state was in the final stage of developing the technology.

In the article, titled, "US hostile policy is bound to go bankrupt", the regime goads the United States president, who tweeted at the beginning of this year that North Korea could not develop a nuclear weapon capable of reaching American soil.

SEOUL, South Korea — A suspected North Korean drone had photographed a USA missile defense shield in South Korea before it crashed near the border where it was found last week, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Moon called for a meeting of the National Security Council on June 8 to discuss possible measures against North Korea's repeated rocket and missile launches, the presidential office said.

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"But recent strategic weapon tests have proved the country is "not far away" from testing an ICBM".

The missiles are the fourth new missile system North Korea has disclosed and tested this year, sending a defiant message that it will continue to pursue a weapons program that has rattled its neighbors and Washington.

"It's complex. I guess it's a combination of North Korea's constant nuclear and missile tests, the global community's response and the change in the public view", Cho said, when asked about the reason behind the standoff.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday urged China to do more to rein in North Korea. "North Korea is poised to conduct its first ICBM test in 2017".

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At the end of last month, North Korea released photos of a Scud-type missile being launched and falling into the water off the western coast of Japan - the third such show of military aggression in the space of three weeks.

"While testing could start this year, it is unlikely that North Korea would have an operationally viable ICBM before 2021, and this assumes the regime is willing to accept a weapon that works only most of the time, not with less than 90 percent reliability".

Last month, a top American military commander in Seoul said the deployment of THAAD in South Korea is seen as a critical part of efforts to lessen North Korea's leverage from asymmetric weapons.

The report, classified as "secret" in 1990, stated, "The Intelligence Community believes that economic sanctions per se would not cause North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapon program".

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