The Latest: France condemns North Korea's 2nd ICBM launch

Staff Writer
Stephenville Empire-Tribune

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's launch of its second intercontinental ballistic missile (all times local):

5:30 a.m.

North Korea's latest intercontinental ballistic missile test has been condemned by France, which is calling for "strong and additional sanctions" by the United Nations and European Union.

The ICBM launched Friday was North Korea's second, and flew longer than the first one did. Experts say the test puts much of the U.S. within the North's range.

The Foreign Ministry's strongly worded statement says the test is a "new grave violation" of U.N. Security Council resolutions and a "major step in the illegal development" of North Korean missiles. France says the continued development of the missile program is a "growing threat and unacceptable to all."

The statement says, "Only maximal diplomatic pressure might bring North Korea to the negotiating table," and calls for a united effort to that end.

3:20 a.m.

A private analyst who closely watches North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs says that if reports about the country's second intercontinental ballistic missile launch are accurate, the projectile would be powerful enough to reach a wide swath of the United States.

North Korea launched the missile at a steep trajectory late Friday night. Japanese officials said it flew about five minutes longer than the North's first ICBM, launched July 4.

David Wright, a physicist and co-director of the global security program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said in Washington on Friday that if reports of the missile's maximum altitude and flight time are correct, it would have a theoretical range of at least 10,400 kilometers (about 6,500 miles). That means it could have reached Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago.