North Korea says that it had successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15, that put “all of the US continent” within its range

The North’s leader Kim Jong-Un declared the test-launch of the Hwasong-15 missile a success, according to an announcement on state television.

North Korea said it would make an “important announcement” on Wednesday, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, after Pyongyang staged its first missile launch in more than two months.

The nuclear-armed North test-fired Wednesday morning a missile that could bring the entire continental United States within range, according to the South Korean and US governments.

An initial Pentagon assessment said the missile flew about 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) before landing within Japan’s maritime Economic Exclusive Zone.

The missile test — the first of any kind by the North since September 15 — drew swift condemnations from Seoul, Tokyo and Washington.

It also squashed speculation that the North’s leader Kim Jong-Un may have held back in a bid to open the door to a negotiated solution to the nuclear standoff with US President Donald Trump.

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