North Korea’s missile test, yesterday, was perfectly timed to help the United States "celebrate" Independence Day. This deeply provocative act has ramped up global concern over how close that country is to developing a nuclear-capable missile.

Consensus is developing around the missile fired into the Sea of Japan being a long-range Hwasong 14, a significant development on North Korea’s previous medium range Hwasong 12. The missile was estimated to have a potential range of 6700 kilometres, putting it in reach of all of Asia, and up to Darwin and the US state of Alaska.