In an article posted on the official Uriminzokkiri website, a member of the Korean National Peace Committee – a propaganda body — said the North was now a “fully-independent rocket and nuclear weapons state”.
“The United States should be acutely aware that the US mainland is now well within the range of our strategic rockets and nuclear weapons,” the signed commentary said.
And this month’s nuclear test also fuelled concerns that North Korea is refining the technical ability to place a miniaturised nuclear warhead on a long-range missile.
After analysing debris from the rocket launch in December, the South Korean military estimated its possible range at around 10,000 kilometres, bringing in the west coast of the United States.
Full article: North Korea says nuclear weapons can reach US (NDTV)