Trump on North Korea missile threat: ‘It won’t happen’

Trump on North Korea missile threat: ‘It won’t happen’
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems win from coast to coast Falwell after Gillespie loss: 'DC should annex' Northern Virginia Dems see gains in Virginia's House of Delegates MORE has publicly dismissed North Korea’s announcement that the country is on the brink of conducting its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

“North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S.,” Trump tweeted Monday. “It won't happen!”

The comment comes in response to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who said Sunday that Pyongyang plans to test an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time, according to The New York Times.

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North Korea has repeatedly threatened to attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons, but has never flight-tested an ICBM.

Pyongyang has conducted five nuclear tests in the past decade and conducted more than 20 ballistic missile tests in 2016 alone, according to the Times report.

On Monday, Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerThe Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's 12:30 Report Don't blame 'megadonors' for the GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare MORE (R-Colo.) called on Trump to make North Korea a top priority when he assumes office this month.

“Through a policy of strength, the incoming Trump administration should seize the immediate opportunity to communicate with action to Kim Jong Un as well as our allies that the United States remains committed to standing up to tyrants and ensuring peace and stability around the globe,” Gardner wrote in an op-ed published by CNN on Monday.