North Korea announces successful intercontinental ballistic missile test-launch

North Korea: Pyongyang declares successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile

North Korea said on Tuesday it successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time, which flew a trajectory that experts said could allow a weapon to hit the U.S. state of Alaska, Reuters reported.

The launch came days before leaders from the Group of 20 nations were due to discuss steps to rein in North Korea’s weapons program, which it has pursued in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions, Reuters added.

The launch, which North Korea’s state media said was ordered and supervised by leader Kim Jong Un, sent the rocket 933 km (580 miles) reaching an altitude of 2,802 km over a flight time of 39 minutes, Reuters indicated.

North Korea has said it wants to develop a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead capable of striking the U.S. mainland, Reuters said.

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