2:35 a.m. ET — With the announcement having been concluded, we are signing off from our coverage. We will have more coverage and analysis in the morning. Until then, for everyone here at 1600PennWatch, have a good Fourth of July.

2:33 a.m. ET — North Korea has confirmed that they conducted a successful nuclear test of an ICBM that was ordered by Kim-Jong Un, who is the leader of the country. The announcement was made on State-run TV and confirms what we have previously learned.

2:26 a.m. ET — We are getting closer to North Korea’s important announcement. We will have coverage of the announcement. Stay with us for the latest.

2:08 a.m. ET — It is being reported both from Japan and South Korea that this latest missile was in the air for approximately 37 minutes, and reached an altitude in excess of 2,500 kilometers (1,553 miles). This would be one of the more successful nuclear missile tests for the North, which has had some recent failures with their missile tests.

2:06 a.m. ET — U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted about the incident on Monday night, saying “North Korea just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea… and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all.” 

2:03 a.m. ET — North Korea has conducted a successful test of an Intermediate ICBM on Monday evening U.S. time that has the possibility to reach the U.S. state of Alaska. This according to South Korean Military Sources, who confirmed the missile test. The North is also scheduled to make what is being described as a major announcement within the next 30 minutes or so.

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