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The growing North Korea nuclear threat, explained

North Korea has a new missile, and it can reach the US.

Sam Ellis/Vox

On July 4, 2017, North Korea held a test launch of their new missile, the Hwasong-14. It’s an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, meaning it has a very long range and is designed to carry a nuclear weapon. Analysts determined that the Hwasong-14 can theoretically reach Alaska, but North Korea still has some major technical hurdles to clear before it becomes a real threat to the US.

Still, three US presidents have now failed to stop North Korea from building a functional ICBM. Donald Trump will probably be the fourth. Watch the video above to learn more about the Hwasong-14 and what this means for North Korea and the world.

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