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North Korea conducts new intercontinental missile test

July 28, 2017 4:05 pm

North Korea has conducted a new intercontinental ballistic missile test, South Korea and the Pentagon say.

The missile reached an altitude of about 3,000km (1,865 miles) and landed in the sea off Japan, the Japanese national broadcaster NHK said.

It comes three weeks after North Korea’s first ICBM test.

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The latest missile flew higher, further and for longer than the one in early July. Its launch has been condemned by a number of countries.

The test – the 14th carried out by North Korea in 2017 – is the latest to be conducted in defiance of a UN ban.

Jeffrey Lewis, a nuclear nonproliferation expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in California, said that initial indications showed the latest missile had a range of about 10,000km – far enough to strike the west coast of the United States and beyond.

The Washington Post reported that Denver and possibly Chicago could now be in North Korea’s range.

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