No diplomacy until we can strike U.S. East Coast, North Korean official says
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un listens during the party congress in Pyongyang. Photo: Wong Maye-E / AP
A North Korean official told CNN the regime first wants to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of going "all the way to the East coast of the mainland U.S." before engaging in diplomacy. North Korea isn't ruling out diplomacy, but it wants to maximize its leverage before coming to the bargaining table.