North Korea threatens to turn the U.S. to ashes

In response to the Pentagon’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) intercept test Tuesday, North Korea threatened to reduce the United States—the so-called devils’ den—to ashes.

In an article headlined “No one can stop the nuclear power state, rocketry master in the East,” newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported that “We’re prepared to test-fire ICBMs anywhere and anytime on orders from the supreme commander.”

The article was published following the Air Force’s successful ICBM intercept test which launched an interceptor from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at a mock ICBM fired from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific.

Commenting about Tuesday’s intercept test, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said, “In a broad sense, North Korea is one of the reasons why we have this capability. They continue to conduct test launches, as we saw this weekend, while also using dangerous rhetoric that suggests they would strike the United States homeland.”

North Korea has launched 12 missiles in 2017 and successfully tested three new missile systems, two of which feature technology that might lead to the eventual development of an ICBM.

“We have reached the final stage of preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile,” North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said in his 2017 New Year’s address. “Research and development of cutting edge arms equipment is actively progressing.”

The Tuesday article published in Rodong Sinmun insisted that the U.S. “must know our declaration that we can turn the devils’ den into ashes with nuclear weapons is not an empty threat.”

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