North Korea on Tuesday launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile, just the latest in a series of tests that have heightened tensions with its neighbors and the United States.
The ICBM flew for some 1,000 km before falling into the Sea of Japan, according to the Pentagon.
North Korea said later in a televised statement that the new missile, dubbed Hwasong-15, can reach the entirety of the US mainland.
Yonhap news agency, based in South Korea, pinpointed Pyongsong, South Pyongan province as the launch point for the first test since September.
US President Donald Trump made clear the missile test launch “is a situation that we will handle”, according to multiple news agencies.
The launch occurred at 3:30 am local time, with the missile travelling 50 minutes before landing in the sea, not flying over Japan as test have previously.
Mr Trump was briefed while the missile was in the air, the White House said.
South Korea’s military said it has responded with a missile test of its own.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the ICBM “went higher, frankly, than any previous shot they’ve taken” during remarks at the White House.
The North, formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, has been attempting to build long-range ballistic missiles to reach the US mainland in an effort to protect its sovereignty.
Washington and the UN Security Council recently imposed a fresh wave of sanctions against the Kim Jung Un regime.
More details to follow. Image 1 of an ICBM from War on the Rocks.