04 July 2017

US: N Korea tested intercontinental ballistic missile

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Media caption“One expert says the missile could reach Alaska”

The US says a missile fired by North Korea into the Sea of Japan was an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called it a “new escalation of the threat” to the US and the world and warned that Washington “will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea”.

Pyongyang earlier described it as its first successful intercontinental ballistic missile test.

US officials believe the North may now be able to fire a missile to Alaska.

However, experts say it cannot accurately hit a target.

Just hours after the North’s test, the US asked for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the issue. A close-door session of the 15-member body is expected on 5 July.

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