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How big of a deal is North Korea's latest missile test?




An rocket designed to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missiles is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Calif. on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The Pentagon says it has shot down a mock warhead over the Pacific in a success for America's missile defense program. The test was the first of its kind in nearly three years. And it was the first test ever targeting an intercontinental-range missile like North Korea is developing.
An rocket designed to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missiles is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Calif. on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The Pentagon says it has shot down a mock warhead over the Pacific in a success for America's missile defense program. The test was the first of its kind in nearly three years. And it was the first test ever targeting an intercontinental-range missile like North Korea is developing.
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The U.S has now confirmed that North Korea successfully test-fired an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile.

Some experts say it has the range to reach Alaska.

Kevin Baron is the executive director of Defense One, a news publication devoted to U.S. National Security.

"The pentagon is saying today that this is a new missile," expert Kevin Baron told Take Two's Libby Denkmann. Baron is the executive director of Defense One, a news publication devoted to U.S. National Security.

This missile represents something a new class of threat from North Korea, but not one that was unexpected by experts. "It's something that, frankly, we've all been waiting for a for a good 5 plus years," Baron said.

"Openly, the pentagon and intelligence officials are saying that it's only a matter of time before we see the actual first attempt at an ICBM and one that's not masked as any kind of other benign rocket launch of a satellite as they've tried in the past."

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