North Korea launches suspected ICBM, South Korean defense official says



North Korea launched a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) towards the east on Friday, a South Korean defense ministry official told CNN.

It comes one day after Pyongyang fired a short-range ballistic missile into the waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula, and issued a stern warning to the United States of a “fiercer military counteraction” to its tighter defense ties with South Korea and Japan.

It’s the second suspected test launch of an ICBM this month – an earlier missile fired on November 3 appeared to have failed, a South Korean government source told CNN at the time.

North Korea has carried out missile tests on 34 days this year, according to a CNN count. The tally includes both ballistic and cruise missiles.

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