According to Pentagon, North Korea fired a missile that leaped 1,000 kilometers and landed into the Sea of Japan on November 28. The initial assessment of the Department of Defense indicated that it was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
James Mattis, Defense Secretary said that the missile leaped higher than other missiles North Korea had launched before.
In a news conference, Fumio Kyuma, Defense Minister of Japan stated that it seemed to be an ICBM. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan called for an emergency meeting of Cabinet ministers after the launch.
“A missile was launched from North Korea, which appears to have landed within Japan’s exclusive economic zone,” Abe’s office tweeted. “As soon as new information comes in, we will let you know.”
In a response to this missile launch, the South Korean military performed a “precision missile-firing drill”.
The White House stated that President Donald Trump was given a briefing about the situation.
“It is a situation that we will handle,” Trump told reporters on November 28.
Trump added that the missile launch does not affect the U.S. approach to North Korea.
“We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment of the launch,” said a Pentagon spokesman. “The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America, our territories or our allies.”
Pentagon outlined that the missile firing took place from Sain Ni, North Korea.
United States and South Korea are assessing the details of the missile launch, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff told Yonhap, the South Korean news agency.