North Korea says it has successfully test-fired an intercontinental missile on orders from leader Kim Jong-Un

 
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un ordered the test of the ballistic missile (Source: Getty)

North Korea says it has successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time.

The country's leader, Kim Jong-Un, ordered the test of the missile, which the United States said was of intermediate range.

North Korea said this morning that it has enough missile capability to hit anywhere in the world.

The statements from North Korea come days before leaders from the G20 nations are due to discuss steps to rein in Pyongyang's weapons programs.

Donald Trump aired his opinion on the missile launch via Twitter, and appeared to suggest China could take steps to "end this nonsense once and for all".

In May, South Korean officials said its neighbour state had test-fired missiles. The recent ramp up of testing has prompted the UN security council to warn North Korea that its "highly destabilising behaviour" could lead to further sanctions being imposed on the country.

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