North Korea is developing missiles that could reach the UK

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a meeting of the central committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

North Korea‘s missiles will be able to reach the UK after the country carries out ‘modernisation’, according to Interfax news agency.

Officials in the secretive regime told Russian lawmaker Anton Morozov that they currently possess a ballistic missile with a range of 3,000km.

Pyongyang aims to increase the range of its weapons to 9,000km through a modernisation programme, according to Morozov, who visited North Korea from 2-6 October.

This puts London, which is is 8,657 km from Pyongyang, within the range of the missiles.

Morozov, a member of Russia’s lower house of parliament’s international affairs committee, said there was ‘no talk about the deadline’ for carrying out the improvements to the weapons.

North Korean men and women participate in a mass dance event marking the 20th anniversary of the election of former leader Kim Jong Il as general secretary of the Workers’ Party. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

North Korea this week accused the CIA of an assassination attempt against Kim Jong-un.

A statement released by the Korean Central News Agency, the regime’s propaganda machine, claims a U.S. spy was paid to kill the dictator using a deadly biological or chemical substance.

A KCNA statement claims the plot was foiled in May this year.

A statement read: ‘In May this year, a group of heinous terrorists who infiltrated into our country on the orders of the Central Intelligence Agency of the US and the South Korean puppet Intelligence Service with the purpose of carrying out a state-sponsored terrorism against our supreme headquarters using biological and chemical substance were caught and exposed.

This palpably shows the true nature of the US as the main culprit behind terrorism.’

Last week former U.S. defence secretary William J. Perry claimed that North Korea could launch its nuclear weapons as a last-gasp act of war if it came under attack and thought it would be defeated.

Perry said: ‘As the North Korean army was being pushed back to Pyongyang and their leaders foresaw the collapse of the regime and their own death, they might then launch their nuclear missiles.

‘Such an attack could quite possibly destroy Seoul and Tokyo before the North Korean leaders could be stopped, leading to the death of more than 10 million people.’