North Korea Claims Ability to Strike 'Any Part of the World' With ICBM Launch

© REUTERS / Toru Hanai A man looks at a street monitor showing news of North Korea firing a ballistic missile in Tokyo, Japan, July 4, 2017.
A man looks at a street monitor showing news of North Korea firing a ballistic missile in Tokyo, Japan, July 4, 2017. - Sputnik International
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North Korea is capable of attacking any target on Earth with its intercontinental ballistic missiles, Pyongyang said in an official statement Tuesday.

A man watches a TV broadcast of a news report on North Korea's ballistic missile test, at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, July 4, 2017. - Sputnik International
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TOKYO (Sputnik) — Published by the North Korean Academy of Defense Science as cited by the Korean Central News Agency, the statement claims its new capabilities would "reliably defend the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and the region."

"As a full-fledged nuclear power that has been possessed of the most powerful inter-continental ballistic rocket capable of hitting any part of the world, along with nuclear weapons, the DPRK will fundamentally put an end to the US nuclear war threat and blackmail," the statement reads.

The academy said the country's first ICBM, the Hwasong-14, was launched from northwestern North Korea at 00:30 GMT and made a 39-minute flight "before accurately hitting the target waters in the open sea" in the Sea of Japan.

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