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ICBM launched yesterday could strike Boston and New York City

31 July 2017

Japan's foreign minister says he and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will work closely with South Korea on a new U.N. Security Council resolution that includes more stringent measures against North Korea following its second test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

China's foreign ministry said in a statement Saturday that the launch "defied" U.N. Security Council resolutions and "the common wish of the global community".

Kim said Friday's test demonstrated the North's ability to launch "at any place and time", the Korean Central News Agency reported, adding "the leader said proudly the test also confirmed all the USA mainland is within our striking range".

The North responded to Seoul's latest offer for inter-Korean military and family reunion talks with its ICBM test, dampening President Moon Jae-in's rapprochement approach.

The latest North Korean missile, which landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone, reached an altitude of about 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles), according to South Korea's military, nearly 1,000 kilometers higher than the previous test.

The test, it continued, was meant to send a "grave warning" to the United States that their "aggression-minded state would not go scot-free if it dares provoke the DPRK".

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North Korea sees its missile and nuclear capabilities as a strong deterrent against potential USA aggression.

The launch from North Korea's northern Jangang province took place at 11:41 p.m. (1441 GMT), an official at South Korea's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

According to the agency, the projectile was the same Hwasong-14 version tested on July 4, and it reached an altitude of 3,724.9 kilometers and flew for 47 minutes and 12 seconds before landing on its target in the East Sea with "exact precision".

North Korea on Saturday confirmed the launch of the missile, saying it was a stern warning for the US. That indicates progress toward North Korea's goal of developing a missile capable of hitting USA cities.

In a statement, Trump condemned the "latest reckless and risky action by the North Korean regime".

He said the Chinese side opposed North Korea launches in violation of UN Security Council resolutions and the will of the worldwide community.

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A foreign ministry statement added: "At the same time, China hopes all parties act with caution, to prevent tensions from continuing to escalate, to jointly protect regional peace and stability".

North Korea on Friday conducted its second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile in a month.

The missile test came a day after the U.S. Senate approved a package of sanctions on North Korea, Russia and Iran.

"The president of the United States is leading a coalition of nations to bring pressure to bear until that time that North Korea will permanently abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile program", Pence said.

It was followed by the successful test of the missile defense system, with the launch of a medium-range missile over the Pacific that was "detected, tracked and intercepted" in Alaska.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks in the Security Council Chamber at the UN headquarters at an UN Security Council emergency meeting on North Korea in New York City on July 5, 2017.

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ICBM launched yesterday could strike Boston and New York City