Following North Korea’s third test of an intercontinental ballistic missile this year, we chart the country’s progress in developing a nuclear weapon that can credibly threaten the US

North Korea’s efforts to develop a nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the US mainland have accelerated during the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency. The country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has presided over a series of successful missile tests, including North Korea’s first launch of an ICBM on 4 July, a development he promised in a televised new year’s address. Like all tests, the missile came down in the sea but its trajectory was thought to place Alaska in range of a live strike.

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