Washington, Nov 29: North Korea has reportedly fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that landed close to Japan. Pyongyang’s first test launch since mid-September has left the scientists mulling that now Washington DC could be within North Korea’s reach. (ALSO READ – Japan on High Alert After ‘North Korean Boats’ Carrying Dead Bodies Found on Its Northern Coast) Also Read - US Elections 2020: Donald Trump's Campaign Website Briefly Defaced As Hackers Had 'Enough of Fake News'
The missile launch comes a week after the US President Donald Trump named North Korea in the list of countries that, according to the US, support terrorism. A US official has confirmed that the missile was launched in the middle of the night (local time) on Wednesday. The ICBM was believed to have harmlessly landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Also Read - Momentous Day for America, Says Trump as Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed to US Supreme Court in Senate Vote
Meanwhile, the South Korean military officials have confirmed that the missile by North Korea “flew eastward from the vicinity of Pyongyang” toward the Sea of Japan. Also Read - Fake Melania? New Photo of US First Lady Triggers 'Body Double' Conspiracy Theories
Soon after the missile launch by the North Korea, the Pentagon issued a statement saying it does not poses any threat to the United States, its territories or allies. The Pentagon told reporters that the ICBM travelled about 1000 km before the missile splashed into the Sea of Japan.
Reacting sternly to the latest missile launch, the US President Donald Trump has reportedly said that “it is a situation that we will handle”. He reportedly spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over phone and agreed to boost deterrence capability against North Korea.
South Korean unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon told foreign correspondents in Seoul on Tuesday that North Korea is on the verge of achieving full nuclear capability with an intercontinental ballistic missile that could carry a nuclear warhead
Lately, in defiance of UN sanctions, North Korea has conducted dozens of ballistic missile tests under its leader, Kim Jong Un.