Japan said it was ‘conceivable’ that the regime has made progress on marrying a missile with a miniaturised nuclear warhead

Japan has warned that the threat from North Korean nuclear weapons has reached a “new stage” now that it appears to have developed an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the US mainland.

In its defence white paper, Japan’s government said Pyongyang’s weapons programme had “advanced considerably”, despite years of international sanctions designed to stall its ability to develop long-range missiles and nuclear warheads.

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