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Today’s Round-up of international news including: North Korea, Brexit, Germany, and The Hague.
North Korea test-fired a new type of Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) on Wednesday at 3am. It reached the highest altitude ever recorded by a North Korean missile.
North Korean state media made the announcement on Wednesday, hours after leader Kim Jong-Un ordered the launch of the Hwasong-15 missile.
According to North Korean state news KCNA, Jong-Un said: ”North Korea has finally realised the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force.”
The KCNA claims it is “the most powerful ICBM” and “meets the goal of the completion of the rocket weaponry system development.”
Experts had expected North Korea to demonstrate their military strength. South Korea and Japan have condemned North Korea’s missile launch, which landed off Japan’s coast.
EU / UK
The UK have increased their offer to €50bn (£44bn) for the EU “divorce bill”.
BBC political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, said that while a final figure has not been agreed, Brussels gave the offer a “broad welcome”. Downing Street has played down reports the bill could be up to €55bn (£49bn).
Throughout the Brexit negotiation, the amount of money that the UK will payout to the European Union has been a crucial issue.
Theresa May suggested in September that the UK would be willing to pay about €20bn. The EU wanted this offer to be increased.
War crime suspect dies taking poison at the Hague.
An appeal at The Hague was suspended after an accused war criminal appeared to drink poison upon hearing the verdict.
Slobodan Praljak, one of six former Bosnian Croat political and military leaders up before the court, was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in 2013 for crimes in East Mostar. He appeared in court to be handed down by the Yugoslav Tribunal.
During his verdict Praljak stood, tipped his head back and swallowed a glass of what he told the judge, was “poison”.
The judge ordered the curtains be brought down and proceedings suspended.
The political situation in Germany is still unclear as the country remains under the control of a caretaker government.
On Thursday, German political parties, Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU/CSU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) will meet to discuss whether a collaboration is an option.
After negotiations between the CDU and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) collapsed earlier this month, Germany has failed to set up a new government.
There are now three options; the SPD and the Union decide to work together and set up a Grand Coalition, the Union will rule as a minority government, or there will be new elections within 60 days.
The options will be discussed by CDU/CSU and the SPD in an effort to find a solution and reach an agreement.