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North Korea celebrates landmark ICBM launch

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PYONGYANG • Fireworks lit up the sky over Pyongyang’s Juche Tower as North Korea celebrated its launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) , a milestone in its decades-long weapons drive..
PYONGYANG • Fireworks lit up the sky over Pyongyang’s Juche Tower as North Korea celebrated its launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) , a milestone in its decades-long weapons drive.
The stone monument to the ideology of founder Kim Il Sung stands in the centre of the capital, topped by a red glass flame, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.
Under current leader Kim Jong Un, Mr Kim’s grandson, the isolated, impoverished country has made rapid progress towards its dream of building a missile that can deliver a nuclear warhead to the United States.
On Tuesday – the US’ Independence Day – North Korea launched a Hwasong-14 rocket that analysts and overseas officials said had a range of up to 8,000km, which would put Alaska and Hawaii within reach.
Mr Kim Jong Un, who personally oversaw the launch, described it as gift to “American bas*****”.
Thousands of officials, soldiers and citizens gathered in the capital on Thursday night to rejoice.
“We enthusiastically celebrate the successful test launch of the intercontinental ballistic rocket, the greatest landmark in the history of our republic, ” read a banner across Kim Il Sung Square, AFP reported.

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