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dateline: 05 July 2017

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North Korea Tests Intercontinental Missile

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • intercontinental: between continents
  • long-range: having the ability to go very far
  • missile: a weapon that propels forward with an explosive
  • launch: to set off or begin
  • accomplish: to achieve a goal
  • stage: a section or step in a process

North Korea Tests Intercontinental Missile

After testing a new type of long-range missile this week, claims it can reach in the world. The test was launched on the morning of July 4 and seems to have been timed with celebrations (US). North Korea has claimed that the missile travelled kilometres, a longer distance than the test missile they launched this May. The extra distance was accomplished by adding a second stage to the missile. The US ambassador to the United Nations has called for an session on the the situation.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What claim did North Korea make this week?
  2. How far did the missile go?
  3. What was the reaction of the US ambassador to the UN?

Discussion Questions: This is believed to be North Korea’s first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). What does this mean for the world?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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