Pyongyang launches ballistic missile in possibly its longest-range test yet

Democratic People's Republic of Korea fired what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that landed close to Japan
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 05:08

Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has carried out a new ballistic missile test. The missile launched by Pyongyang fell 210 kilometres off the coast of Japan's Aomori prefecture in the country's exclusive economic zone, the NHK broadcaster reported.

The missile flew about 1,000 kilometres causing no damage during the fall in the Sea of Japan, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters.

According to Onodera, Japan believes the missile was an intercontinental ballistic missile that may have reached the altitude of over 4,000 kilometres at top of trajectory.

The test came a week after U.S. President Donald Trump put the DPRK back on a U.S. list of countries it says support terrorism, allowing it to impose more sanctions.

Trump spoke by phone with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-In, with all three leaders reaffirming their commitment to combat the 'North Korean threat'.

In a statement, the Pentagon said the missile did not pose a danger to North America, any U.S. territories or any ally nations. "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 spokesman Col. Rob Manning said in the statement.