N. Korea boasts of successful intercontinental missile test

Jul 04, 2017, 6:13 AM EDT
The latest missile test was overseen by North Korea leader Kim Jong-un.
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North Korea claimed on Tuesday that it has successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), adding that the projectile has beefed up the regime’s missile capability to strike anywhere in the world.

The announcement, which comes just days ahead of a planned meeting of the leaders of the Group of 20 nations over how to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile program, has raised a question whether N. Korean missiles can hit the U.S. mainland, writes the BBC.

While analysts acknowledge the recent advancements in N. Korea’s missile technology, they are still skeptical about the country’s capability to miniaturize a nuclear weapon sufficiently to fit it onto a missile, notes The Guardian.