North Korea conducted a missile test on Tuesday and claimed it was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could strike anywhere in the world. The launch was into the sea towards Japan, South Korea’s military said. Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the launch came from North Phyongan province. Japanese authorities said the missile was thought to have landed in the country’s exclusive economic zone, though there were no reports of damage to ships in the area.
The latest launch, which came on the eve of the U.S. holiday to mark independence, followed a series of missile tests in recent months that have raised fears of Pyongyang becoming capable of launching a missile at the U.S. In the wake of the latest launch, President Trump took to Twitter to ask whether China will “put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all.” Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, meeting Tuesday in Moscow, called on North Korea to cease all nuclear and missile activities, and asked the U.S. and South Korea to halt joint military exercises. Read more.