North Korea’s Suspected ICBM Test Fails

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un attends a meeting with US President Donald Trump on the south side of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area (JSA) of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) on June 30, 2019. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • North Korea’s suspected launch of its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) failed on Thursday
  • As Pyongyang intensified its battery of missile tests against a backdrop of US and South Korean military drills scheduled to end on Friday.
  • However, within hours of the presumed failed test, Washington and Seoul agreed to extend those large-scale exercises to an unknown date, according to a statement from the South Korean Air Force, which said: “it was necessary to demonstrate a solid combined defense posture of the bilateral alliance under the current security crisis, heightened by North Korea’s provocations.”

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