North Korea said on Sunday it can test launch an intercontinental ballistic missile at any time from any location set by leader Kim Jong Un, saying the United States hostile policy was to blame for its arms development.
Kim said that his nuclear capable country was close to test launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
Foreign Ministry spokesman said, "The ICBM will be launched anytime and anywhere determined by the supreme headquarters of the DPRK."
The North is formally known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
The United States said that North Korea had demonstrated a "qualitative" improvement in its nuclear and missile capabilities after an unprecedented level of tests last year.
Experts have said that while North Korea may be close to testing an ICBM, it would likely take years to perfect the weapon.
U.S. President Donald Trump responded to Kim's comments on an ICBM test by declaring in a tweet that "It won't happen!"
U.S. State Department spokesman said that the United States does not believe that North Korea is capable of mounting a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile.
According to KCNA , the spokesman said, "Anyone who wants to deal with the DPRK would be well advised to secure a new way of thinking after having clear understanding of it."