WASHINGTON — North Korea launched another sophisticated missile Friday, one that could potentially hit the mainland U.S.
The rare late-night launch sent a ballistic missile into space. It remained airborne for more than 40 minutes, flying 1,000 kilometers due east before splashing into the Sea of Japan.
It was the second successful intercontinental ballistic missile test within the past month, and it flew longer and farther than any previous missile.
Pentagon intelligence analysts have been surprised by the fast technical advances made by North Korea’s weapons scientists.
Recent North Korean propaganda videos have featured the U.S. Capitol in flames. Analysts believe that the missile launched Friday had the range to hit Los Angeles, Chicago or even New York.
It is unclear how close North Korea is to being able to arm a missile with a nuclear warhead.
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