China calls for “restraint” after NKorea claims first successful ICBM test
North Korea claimed that it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile Tuesday for the first time, saying it could “reach anywhere in the world.” According to state media, the Hwasong-14 missile reached a height of 2,802 km and may have landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone. It was launched from Panghyon in the north to travel more than 930 km – according to the South Korean military, further than the May 14 missile launch, which experts said was its most successful ever, reaching a then-record altitude of around 2,100 kilometers. The Chinese foreign ministry put out an appeal to all parties to exercise “restraint.”
Kim Jong Un appears to have timed his latest missile test for US July 4 Independence day and ahead of the G20 summit later this week.