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The official said, however, that this does not mean that North Korea has fielded a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile. The North Koreans still have to establish that they can deliver a weapon accurately that survives reentry.
North Korea fired
an intercontinental ballistic missile in late July in a test that the regime said showed that U.S. cities are now within its target range.
The Department of Defense detected the ballistic missile launch and later confirmed it to be an ICBM by an initial assessment, U.S. officials said. It flew approximately 1,000 kilometers and landed in the Sea of Japan within Japan’s exclusive economic zone, according to Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis.
Earlier in July, the North Korean government said it had successfully fired a long-range missile
into the Sea of Japan, and declared itself a “proud nuclear state.”
“It is a major celebration in our history,” said an announcer on North Korean state television. North Korea “is now a proud nuclear state, which possesses [an] almighty ICBM rocket that can now target anywhere in the world.”