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North Korea Launches ICBM That Might Reach Anywhere In America

North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday that flew to a height of 2,800 miles, higher than any of its previous tests. If aimed at a standard trajectory, the ICBM would have a range of more than 8,100 miles, or “more than enough range to reach Washington, D.C.,” says David Wright at the Union of Concerned Scientists. North Korea lauded the launch, conducted early Wednesday in Pyongyang, claiming it could “load the heaviest warhead and strike anywhere in the mainland United States.” Experts disputed the warhead claim, but Pyongyang is making rapid progress. A South Korean minister warned Tuesday that “we cannot rule out the possibility of North Korea declaring the completion of their nuclear program next year.”

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