North Korea could launch nuclear-capable missile by next year

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The United States gave China a draft resolution almost three weeks ago to impose stronger sanctions on North Korea over the July 4 missile launch. 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.

In response to North Korea's missile tests and military provocations, the U.S. based its powerful Thaad missile-defense battery in South Korea, frightening Chinese military analysts who think the Thaad's powerful radar could one day effectively neuter China's ability to engage in a nuclear exchange with the US.

United States officials said on Tuesday they have seen increased North Korean activity that could be preparations for another missile test within days.

The US believes that North Korea will be able to launch a reliable nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by early 2018, a US official familiar with the latest intelligence assessment confirmed to CNN Wednesday.

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.

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"Immediate interventions are needed to support affected farmers and prevent undesirable coping strategies for the most vulnerable, such as reducing daily food intakes", said Vincent Martin, FAO representative in China and North Korea in a statement.

Therefore, Liu said, the specific measures in a new resolution need to be measured against achieving those three objectives. The nature of these military exercises goes beyond securing a border, and they mimic fighting a nuclear-armed adversary. From a purely military point of view, North Korea's artillery and nuclear arms hold too many civilians in Seoul at risk. "We see the unanimity of Russian Federation and China in pursuing the route to peace". Western powers have said it was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), while Russian Federation said the missile fired was only medium-range.

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

"DIA and the South Koreans tend to be at the leading edge of estimates on North Korea's military programs, and that's understandable", said one of the United States officials, who both agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity. "We're going to see what the situation is".

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