North Korea has made a direct threat against the United States, saying it now has the missile and nuclear capability to launch a nuclear attack on the U.S. mainland, covering most of the U.S. west coast and parts of the northern Rocky Mountains.

The threat appeared on the Uriminzokkiri state news and propaganda website.

The article went on to say that Korea is a “fully independent rocket and nuclear weapons state.” It continued, “The United States should be acutely aware that the US mainland is now well within the range of our strategic rockets and nuclear weapons”.

Though U.S. security officials have stated they take the threat seriously, they also say North Korea is being boisterous in its claims and that actual capabilities are less than publicly promoted.

North Korea conducted its third and largest nuclear test the day before Obama’s State of the Union address and has announced further missile tests this year.

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