US confirms DPRK's ICBM test

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In response to the DPRK's latest missile test, the United States and South Korea conducted a missile drill by firing short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan.
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The order to carry out the test-fire of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 as signed by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is seen on a big screen near the Pyongyang Railway Station in Pyongyang on July 4, 2017.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed on Tuesday that the latest missile test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was with an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

In response to the DPRK's latest missile test, the United States and South Korea conducted a missile drill by firing short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan, the US Army said in a statement.

Calling the test of the ICBM "a new escalation of the threat" to the United States, its allies and the world, Tillerson said in a statement that the United States intends to bring the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue before the UN Security Council and enact stronger measures against the DPRK.

While stressing that the United States will not accept a nuclear-armed DPRK, Tillerson said the United States seeks only the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

According to an earlier statement by the US Pacific Command, the U.S. military detected and tracked what it assessed was a DPRK missile launch at 2:40 p.m. Hawaii time Monday (0040 GMT Tuesday) near the Panghyon Airfield.

At that time, the US military called the DPRK test as a single launch of a land-based, intermediate range ballistic missile.

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