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North Korea is preparing to test a long-range missile it believes can reach the west coast of the US, it has been claimed.

Russian politician Anton Morozov made the claim following a visit to Pyongyang, in comments carried by Russia’s RIA news agency.

“They are preparing for new tests of a long-range missile,” RIA quoted Mr Morozov, a member of the Russian Duma’s international affairs committee, as saying.

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“They even gave us mathematical calculations that they believe prove that their missile can hit the west coast of the United States.

“As far as we understand, they intend to launch one more long-range missile in the near future. And in general, their mood is rather belligerent.”

US President Donald Trump has said he is fully prepared to take the “military option” to deal with Pyongyang, in the face of repeated nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Amid an escalating war of words between the two nations, Mr Trump has also said negotiating with Kim is a “waste of time”.

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