North Korea preparing long-range missile test: RIA cites Russian lawmaker
07 October 2017 | 2:30 pm
North Korea is preparing to test a long-range missile which it believes can reach the west coast of the United States, a Russian lawmaker just returned from a visit to Pyongyang was quoted as saying.
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