US slams North Korea missile test as Kim claims ‘whole US mainland’ in reach

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( CNN) North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile Friday that appears to have the scope to reach major US cities, experts say, and inspired a fresh round of disapproval from the United States, China, Japan and South Korea.

A combination of US, South Korean and Japanese analysis of the launch from Mupyong-ni, near North Korea’s border with China, shows the missile flew about 45 minutes, running 3,700 kilometers( 2,300 miles) high and for a distance of 1,000 kilometers( 621 miles ).

If the missile were fired on a flatter, standard trajectory, it would have major US cities such as Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago well within its scope, with the possible ability to reach as far as New York and Boston, according to David Wright, a missile expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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