North Korean Nuclear Missiles Could Reach US Next Year

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He said it was not possible to put together a missile program like North Korea's without assistance from the outside - whether it be financial, commercial or scientific.

North Korean soldiers today looked on as South Korean and United Nations officials took part in a ceremony to mark the 64th anniversary of the armistice at Panmunjom.

According to the u.s. official, the test should be either a missile of intermediate range, is an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the KN-20 or Hwasong-14. Defense officials suggested that another ballistic missile test could come within a matter of days, according to Reuters.

North Korea is likely to test fire another intercontinental ballistic missile on Thursday as July 27 marks the 64th anniversary of the signing of armistice that ended the Korean War.

North Korea demonstrated ICBM capability on July 4, but additional testing is required.

The United States and China said Tuesday they are making progress on a new U.N. resolution that would impose additional sanctions against North Korea following its test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Some defense analysts, however, disagree with the new assessment.

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U.S. officials told Reuters that over the past week intelligence has spotted equipment, possibly for launching a missile, moving into a site in the western city of Kusong.

North Korea has yet to present a durable re-entry vehicle or a miniaturized nuclear warhead. But earlier this month she told the Security Council that if it is united, the global community can cut off major sources of hard currency to North Korea, restrict oil to its military and weapons programs, increase air and maritime restrictions and hold senior officials accountable.

US officials also say the regime's aggressive testing has allowed it to start industrial production, possibly within a few months.

North Korea conducted a missile ejection test over land on Tuesday at Sinpo Naval Shipyard, according to a USA defense official - the second such test this month and the third this year. It is unclear how long it will take to field a strategic force, but the North is moving in that direction at an accelerated rate.

Agriculture reforms permitting North Korean farmers to keep a percentage of what they produce and allowing families to cultivate small plots of land for private use have made people less reliant on inefficient government farming practices and more able to endure times of scarcity. Officials in the United States feel that the country has reached a stage where it has indicated a specific date for the nuclear strike, and it could be in a position to target other continents within just a very short period.