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North Korea's Kim dynasty nears long-cherished ICBM goal

With Hwasong-17, Pyongyang might acquire ability to threaten Washington

This photo released on March 25 shows what North Korean state media says is the Hwasong-17 ICBM on its launch vehicle.   © KCNA via Reuters

TOKYO -- North Korea last month fired what it claimed was a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile, moving the regime a step closer toward a long-desired goal: possessing weapons that can threaten and thus deter the U.S.

The foreboding launch came with the situation on the Korean Peninsula now more fraught than in 2017, when a confrontation with the U.S. raised tensions to a dangerous level.

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