NK News reports:
North Korea on Wednesday re-emphasized its nuclear capabilities and repeated claims it will test an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) in the coming months. In an apparent nod to the Trump administration, Pyongyang highlighted the need for the U.S. to accept North Korea as a nuclear-weapons state, Workers’ Party organ Rodong Sinmun said.
“We have miniaturized, lightened and diversified our nuclear weapons, and they can be loaded on various delivery systems to be launched anytime and anywhere,” Rodong said. “There is nothing we are afraid of. In the future, phenomenal incidents to strengthen our national defense power will take place multiple times and repeatedly.”
While North Korea did not specifically mention President-elect Trump, who will be inaugurated next Friday, the target audience for its message was clearly the incoming administration. “Unless the U.S.’s anti-DPRK policies change, we will, officially, continue to strengthen our preemptive strike abilities and nuclear capability for our self-defense.”
“Just because the U.S. is located more than ten thousand kilometers away, does not make the country safe (from us). The U.S. is still located on the face of the earth… soon our ICBM will send the shiver down its spine.” The statement also threatened the U.S. Forces Korea, saying that U.S. bases in South Korea are already being targeted by the Hwasong artillery units of the KPA Strategic Force.
NOTE: NK News is headquartered in Washington DC and monitors North Korean state media.