A new assessment by USA intelligence officials reportedly says North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside intercontinental ballistic missiles, a development that led to a fiery rebuke from President Donald Trump. "They will be met with the fire and the fury like the world has never seen".
One intelligence official said that the report itself was insignificant and not a sign that North Korea was preparing to test a missile or make any other provocation.
The US recently said it believes North Korea will have the capability to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at the US mainland by early next year.
Late last month, North Korea proved its missile capabilities have reached a point where US cities are within "target range".
Pyongyang's statement said the sanctions were caused by a "heinous United States plot to isolate and stifle" North Korea.
Also on Tuesday US president Donald Trump praised the worldwide coalition coming together to pressure North Korea over its intercontinental ballistic missile launches "after many years of failure".
It also points to more evidence that North Korea isn't listening to the diplomatic threats from the West.
North Korea recently tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that is believed to be capable of hitting the US mainland.
The Fox News report, which was about USA spy satellites detecting North Korean missile movements, included quotations from officials who requested anonymity to discuss sensitive information. It's frighteningly relevant now, as Trump levels threats against North Korea.
US President Donald Trump has yet again called for tough and decisive action over the "dangers posed by North Korea", while praising the solidarity over the crisis.
"We strongly urge the United States to immediately correct its relevant wrong moves to avoid affecting bilateral cooperation on the relevant issue", he said in June.
Trump's comments came at a meeting at his Bedminster golf club, where he was leading a briefing on opioid addiction, according to the Associated Press.