U.S. Tells North Korea It Is Prepared to Go to War

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Pyongyang claims a further breakthrough toward a nuclear-tipped missile that can reach American cities

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press). 

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July 5, 2017 4:37 a.m. ET

SEOUL—The U.S. warned North Korea that it is ready to fight if provoked, as Pyongyang claimed another weapons-development breakthrough following its launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile a day earlier.

The regime, having demonstrated its capacity to reach the U.S. with a missile, on Wednesday touted another achievement of the test launch: It claimed that its missile warhead–the forward section, which carries the explosive–can withstand the extreme heat and pressure of re-entering the earth’s atmosphere.

If true–the claim couldn’t be independently verified–that would clear another hurdle in developing a nuclear-tipped missile that can reach American cities.

As tensions between Washington and Pyongyang rose, Gen. Vincent Brooks, the top American military…

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