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dateline: 05 July 2017

Listen to NewsNorth 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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4 Comments on “North Korea Tests Intercontinental Missile”

  1. Jeong Hojin says:

    Frankly, I am worrying about the peace of the world.
    and I want request to stop launch their missile test.

  2. Tara Benwell says:

    Thanks for catching this typo!

  3. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    The word intercontinental has meant in the above text “between countries” while I believe that the word means ‘between continents”, not between countries in the above text.

    The Merriam Webster Dictionary also says about meaning of the word (adjective):
    1. “extending among continents or carried on between continents.”
    2. “capable of traveling between continents, intercontinental ballistic missile.”

    In my opinion, the word intercontinental means “among continents or between continents” in the above text, not between countries because North Korea’s missile can reach anywhere in the world ( for example from Asia to the USA or from Asia to Europe).

    If I’m incorrect, please tell me.

    Best wishes,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf,

  4. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    Each time I read news I find a new thing about a war in part of the world. Why do our world have these wars?

    I myself believe these wars only happen because of leaders of countries, not the people of the countries.

    The people of the countries are innocent because they don’t have any role for creating these wars. the leaders of countries create the wars.

    It looks like a new war will begin in the east of Asia soon. I hope United Nation and other countries to prevent the new war in the east of Asia.

    Finally, I wish leaders of countries were peaceful and reasonable and liked all people of the world regardless of religion, race, nationality and so on.

    Best wishes,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

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