Russia: North Korea to Launch Long-Range Missile

October 6, 2017 Updated: October 6, 2017

North Korea is preparing to test a long-range missile which it believes can reach the west coast of the United States, RIA news agency cited a Russian lawmaker as saying on Friday.

Anton Morozov, a member of the Russian Duma’s international affairs committee, and two other Russian lawmakers visited Pyongyang on Oct. 2-6, RIA reported.

“They are preparing for new tests of a long-range missile. They even gave us mathematical calculations that they believe prove that their missile can hit the west coast of the United States,” RIA quoted Morozov as saying.

“As far as we understand, they intend to launch one more long-range missile in the near future. And in general, their mood is rather belligerent.”

Japan and South Korea have warned that more provocation was possible from North Korea on Oct. 10, which marks an important anniversary for North Korea. It is the date the North celebrates the founding of the North Korean communist party.