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North Korea Says Successfully Tested Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

North Korea said it successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile or ICBM.

North Korea test-fired the missile, called the Hwasong-14, under the observance of its leader Kim Jong-un, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Kim signed an order for the test-fire, it added.

It said the missile reached an altitude of 2,802 kilometers and flew 933 km for 39 minutes before hitting a target in the East Sea.

North Korea's claim of an ICBM has the potential to change the strategic calculus between Washington and Pyongyang and across Northeast Asia, as Mr. Kim's regime continues to defy United Nations sanctions and warnings from its neighbors to curb its nuclear and weapons programs.

by RTT Staff Writer

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