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North Korea preparing to test missile 'that can reach US'

  • Anton Morozov, who recently visited Pyongyang, says North Korea is preparing to launch another missile 'in the nearest future' 
  • He claimed to have seen calculations showing rocket can range US West Coast
  • Koreans also told him they have technology to bring a warhead back to earth
  • Columbus Day is on Monday, and the North Korea regime typically times tests to coincide with American public holidays 

By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline

Published: 11:54 EDT, 6 October 2017 | Updated: 12:11 EDT, 6 October 2017

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A Russian lawmaker who just returned from a visit to Pyongyang has said North Korea is preparing to launch another missile 'in the nearest future'.

Anton Morozov, of the nationalist Liberal-Democratic Party, added that he has seen calculations showing the missile can hit the US West Coast.

Mr Morozov also said the North Koreans told him they have technology that would allow them to bring a warhead back down to earth intact.

North Korea is preparing to launch another missile 'in the nearest future', according to Russian lawmaker Anton Morozov who recently returned from a trip to Pyongyang
North Korea is preparing to launch another missile 'in the nearest future', according to Russian lawmaker Anton Morozov who recently returned from a trip to Pyongyang

North Korea is preparing to launch another missile 'in the nearest future', according to Russian lawmaker Anton Morozov who recently returned from a trip to Pyongyang

The Party Foundation Anniversary, in which North Koreans celebrate the founding of their ruling communist party, is due to take place on Tuesday next week.

Monday is also Columbus Day in the US, meaning any potential launch would be very likely to happen on either of those two days.

Kim Jong Un usually times missile tests to coincide with American public holidays to ensure maximum media coverage.

The last major test conducted on a public holiday was a missile test on the 4th of July, which Kim said was 'a gift for the American b*******'. 

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