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North Korea Launches Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

North Korea claimed a successful launch on Tuesday of its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). State television claims the rocket flew for 39 minutes at a distance of 580 miles. 

Experts say the missile could possibly reach Alaska, but not the rest of the U.S. In response, South Korea and the U.S. held joint ballistic missile drills. 

President Donald Trump blames China, in large part, for failing to control North Korea’s progress towards a nuclearized weapon that could reach the U.S.

The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to meet later today to discuss the matter.  We talk about the region’s growing instability with Joseph Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund,  a non-proliferation NGO.

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