Published: Thu, August 03, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

North Korea can hit most of US

North Korea can hit most of US

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) lifted off at 2:10am local time from the US Air Force North Vandenberg base, some 210km (130 miles) northwest of Los Angeles, AP reported. North Korea has offered in the past to suspend its nuclear development if the US and South Korea suspend annual wargames.

Two B-1B bombers have flew over the Korean peninsula in a show of force after recent North Korean missile tests.

The Trump administration's ban on U.S. citizens traveling to North Korea will take effect early next month, and include exemptions for journalists and humanitarian workers. The two-stage missile crashed off the coast of Japan's northernmost island, Hokkaido.

On Monday, President Trump promised to hold North Korea accountable.

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"We received word from North Korea that it would be hard to hold a joint National Liberation Day event", the spokesman said.

Asked if the USA would strike first, Trump's press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "all options are on the table", adding that Trump would not "broadcast" his decisions.

The U.S. Pacific Command said the mission was in "direct response" to North Korea's "escalatory launch" of intercontinental ballistic missiles July 3 and July 28.

An Air Force statement said the test would show the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system.

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China has lodged a protest with South Korea after Seoul restarted negotiations with the USA to resume the deployment of the anti-missile system Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD), a Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday.

The US claimed the test was "not a response to recent North Korean actions".

It was the fourth such test this year.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guiding the second test-fire of the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile in an undated picture provided by the KCNA news agency on Saturday.

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However, Air France told the United States media outlet it did not share the Pentagon's concerns about the recent missile test.

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