The Wall Street Journal: North Korea boasts new missile can hit any point in U.S.

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SEOUL — North Korea said Wednesday that it fired a brand-new intercontinental ballistic missile into the waters off Japan, ending a more than two-month hiatus by Pyongyang and threatening to ramp up tensions with the U.S. and in the region.

In a nationally televised broadcast, North Korea’s state television said that it had successfully fired a more advanced ICBM, which it dubbed the Hwasong-15 and which it said was capable of reaching any point on the U.S. mainland, in a launch personally ordered by leader Kim Jong Un.

Kim was quoted by state media as saying that, with the success of the new missile, “We have finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force.”

Wednesday’s test demonstrated a trajectory that could put Washington, D.C., within range of North Korean missiles, said Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Calif. “If the numbers hold, this test will demonstrate a much further range than ever tested before,” Hanham said.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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