North Korea Fires ICBM Days After Threats Over Alleged U.S. Spy Plane Flights

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North Korea has conducted an ICBM missile test just days after it threatened “shocking” repercussions for what North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, said were U.S. spy plane incursions over North Korea’s eastern exclusive economic zone. The missile, believed to be North Korea’s mobile Hwasong-18 ICBM, was launched from the area near the capital Pyongyang at around 10 AM local time, and flew around 620 miles reaching a maximum altitude of just over 3,700 miles before landing somewhere in the Sea of Japan. The total flight time was 74 minutes, the longest flight time of any weapon launched by North Korea. The Hwasong-18 is a solid-fuel missile, making it harder to detect and intercept. South Korea’s government called the launch a “grave provocation,” while Japan called North Korea’s missile launches “threats to the peace and safety of Japan, the region and international society.”