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North Korea Crisis

North Korea's nuclear weapons program since 1984

First missile test in more than two months reaches highest altitude yet

TOKYO -- North Korea launched another missile in the early hours of Wednesday, breaking a more than two-month pause on major provocations.

What is believed to have been an intercontinental ballistic missile soared higher than any of North Korea's previous missiles -- an estimated 4,500km -- before splitting into several pieces as it fell into the Sea of Japan.

U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters in Washington that the U.S. "will take care of" the situation. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a statement strongly condemning the launch.

Despite an ongoing war of words with the U.S., North Korea had refrained from launching missiles since Sept. 15. The latest launch may be in reaction to the U.S. decision last week to re-designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.

This year alone, Pyongyang has fired 24 missiles, according to government announcements and data from the Center for Strategic and International Studies. This is already the highest annual count since 1984.

Here is a timeline of the country's missile launches and nuclear tests dating back three decades, to the days of Kim Il Sung.

 

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