Reuters news agency reports today that North Korea said its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) can carry a large nuclear warhead. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Defense Department said it had concluded that North Korea on Tuesday test-launched an ICBM, which some experts believe has the range to reach Alaska and the Pacific Northwest of the United States. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the test represented “a new escalation of the threat” to the United States and its allies and vowed to take stronger measures.
The U.N. Security Council, currently chaired by China, will hold an emergency meeting on North Korea at 3 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Wednesday, requested by the United States, Japan and South Korea. The state KCNA news agency reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the test completed his country’s strategic weapons capability that includes atomic and hydrogen bombs and ICBMs.
Reuters report found here.