North Korea claims launch of missile capable of putting US mainland in range

North Korea claims launch of missile capable of putting US mainland in range
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North Korea said Tuesday night that it had conducted a successful test of a new type of ballistic missile that could put the whole United States mainland within range, according to multiple media reports.

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Pyongyang claimed the missile flew for 53 minutes and hit targeted waters, according to Reuters. The new missile is called the Hwasong-15.

The announcement came hours after North Korea launched a ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan. The missile was launched in the early hours of Wednesday, local time.

The launch was first reported by South Korean media.

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