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AKIPRESS.COM - North Korea said on Tuesday it test-launch of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was successful.
The launch comes days before leaders from the Group of 20 nations are due to discuss steps to rein in Pyongyang's weapons programs, which the North has pursued in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions, Reuters reported.
The launch, which North Korea's state media said was ordered and supervised by leader Kim Jong Un, sent the rocket 933 km reaching an altitude of 2,802 km.(580 miles) over a flight time of 39 minutes.
Officials from South Korea, Japan and the United States said the missile landed in Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) after being launched near an airfield in Panghyon, about 100 km (60 miles) northwest of the North's capital, Pyongyang.
"The test launch was conducted at the sharpest angle possible and did not have any negative effect on neighboring countries," North Korea's state media said in a statement.
The North also said its missiles were now capable of striking anywhere in the world.