North Korea claims ICBM launch, bringing US and Darwin within range

North Korea has claimed its first successful launch of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, defying a tweet by Donald Trump in January that “it won’t happen”.

Experts estimated that if the missile had been launched at a “normal” angle, instead of the steep trajectory used in the test, it could have flown more than 6000 kilometres, a distance that would see it reach the US mainland.

This range also brings Darwin within reach.

The North Korean state news agency KCNA said on Tuesday afternoon that an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile was launched at 9am under the supervision of leader Kim Jong-un.

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