North Korea on Wednesday fired a ballistic missile that landed into the Japanese waters.
According to Fox News, the missile is believed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), that was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea and flew roughly around 1,000 km before landing in the Sea of Japan.
It is the latest in a series of weapons tests by Pyongyang that has raised tensions and comes about a week after President Trump moved to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism.
According to reports, the missile flew for about 54 minutes and reached an altitude of roughly 4,500 km, making it the longest-range test yet by North Korea.
A government statement, read out by the North Korean state TV presenter Ri-Chun-hee, who also declared the launch to be a success, quoted the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, as saying: “Now we have finally realised the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force, the cause of building a rocket power.”
According to the broadcast, the missile fired was a new type of ICBM called the Hwasong-15, its “most powerful missile so far.” The report said the missile is capable of reaching “all of mainland USA.”
President Trump, speaking to reporters, said he spoke with Secretary of Defence James Mattis about the launch.
“I will only tell you that we will take care of it,” Trump told reporters during a briefing. “It is a situation that we will handle.” He offered no details on how the US would handle or respond to the test.
North Korea’s immediate neighbour, Japan said it would “never accept North Korea’s continuous provocative behaviour”, while South Korea condemned the launch and called Pyongyang’s behaviour as “reckless.”
The UN Security Council is due to convene an emergency session to discuss the latest test conducted by North Korea.
David Wright, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the missile performed better than the two fired in July, with a potential range of more than 12,000 km, able to reach Washington or any other part of the continental US.