Trump: “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!”Well, he’s just being silly as usual. NK has already put a satellite into orbit. Do the maths. ICBMs need less energy than that. It’s just a matter of payload. At the same time, NK has developed rather small nukes. It’s a matter of engineering to put a nuke on a rocket and get it to function at the end. These things were developed in the 1950/60 period when technology was very shaky. NK certainly could do it.
“Won’t happen!” is code for I mysteriously will prevent it or they can’t do it. Neither is likely to be true. Remember these are the same Koreans that were willing to die in human wave attacks against machine-guns in the Korean war. They are not about to desist simply because Trump wishes it were so. To actively prevent deployment of nukes, Trump will have to invade or bomb NK. What will China do in the meantime? MacArthur found out.