Update 6:50pm EST – After further review, US confirms ICBM launch, responds with Korean “show of force” exercises, firing missiles into the sea. Emergency meeting requested at the UN.
Update 3am EST – Despite US official statements, North Korea claims to have successfully launched an ICBM capable of reaching Alaska. Experts in South Korea, Japan, others say post-launch factors may support this claim.
SEOUL, July 4 (Yonhap) — North Korea launched a ballistic missile from a province near the border with China on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said.
“North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile into the East Sea from the vicinity of Banghyon, North Pyongan Province, at around 9:40 a.m.,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.