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North Korea to have nuclear-tipped ICBM by 2018, US official says

Posted at 10:32 PM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-26 22:32:34-04

(CNN) - On Thursday, North and South Korea mark the 64th anniversary of the armistice which ended hostilities on the Peninsula in 1953. 

Last week Seoul called for talks with Pyongyang at the DMZ and extended a deadline for a response to July 27. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, while at the G-20 summit, laid out his vision for bringing peace to the Korean Peninsula, including a proposal to mutually halt acts of hostility along their tense border as of Thursday. 

The U.S. believes that North Korea will be able to launch a reliable nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by early 2018.

President Trump has proclaimed July 27, 2017, as National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. On July 27, 1953, North Korea, China, and the United Nations signed an armistice suspending all hostilities, the document says. 

Now more than 28,000 American troops “maintain a strong presence along the 38th parallel, which separates North and South Korea,” the proclamation says, adding that more than 36,000 Americans died in the Korean War. 

The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated on July 27, 1995.  

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