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North Korea said it could fire an intercontinental missile at US 'anytime' by Circa News
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"The ICBM will be launched anytime and anywhere determined by the supreme headquarters of the DPRK."

Anonymous North Korean spokesman

North Korea warned that it could fire an intercontinental ballistic missile at the U.S. "anytime" in a statement released Sunday. 

But the state-run news agency also suggested it hopes President-elect Donald Trump treats the country differently than President Obama did.

The details

North Korea hasn't explicitly said when it plans to carry out an ICBM test, but in his New Year's address, dictator Kim Jung Un said the country was in the "final stages"  of development. 

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told "Meet the Press" on Sunday that was considered a "serious threat" and the U.S. would shoot down any missile aimed at it or an ally. Meanwhile, South Korean and Chinese officials denounced the threat and warned that testing the missile could lead to more serious sanctions.

Trump insisted in a tweet last week that the missile test "won't happen."

"Anyone who wants to deal with the DPRK would be well advised to secure a new way of thinking after having a clear understanding of it."

Anonymous North Korean official

Meanwhile, North Korea bashed Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken for saying the sanctions must continue. 

"(The North Koreans) are trying to create some space for Trump to reverse the Obama policy and talk with them in a serious way."

John Delury, to CNN

All the sabre-rattling could be a sign that North Korea thinks Trump will let them come to the table.

John Delury, assistant professor of international studies at Yonsei University in South Korea, told CNN North Korea was strengthening its negotiating position.