North.Korea. in final stage of preparations to launch ICBM: leader
North Korea "soared as a nuclear and military power," boosted by the success of the country's two nuclear tests last year, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said in his verbal New Year's speech broadcast by the state-run TV station.
"We were actively engaged in research and development of advanced weapons.... We are in the final stages of the preparation to test-launch an ICBM," Kim said.
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