The U.S. Pentagon said on Tuesday that North Korea has launched another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) into the Sea of Japan. They say they detected and tracked the missile early Wednesday morning, North Korea time, as it traveled some 1,000 kilometres before landing.
The ICBM was launched from a northern area of North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (abbreviation: DPRK). The South Korean news agency Yonhap reports that the U.S. and the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff are analyzing the flight path of the missile.
Reports say that this missile traveled higher into the atmosphere than any other missile launch from the North Koreans. In announcing the launch, U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis told media North Korea is intent on threatening “everywhere in the world” with its missile program.
The country has increased its launching of ICBMs in recent months as it continues to object to South Korea and the U.S. having mass weapons near its border. North Korea says it is developing nuclear strike capability to protect itself, despite objections from the U.N. and its member countries.
The launch comes a week after U.S. President Donald Trump, who is engaged in an ongoing war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, put North Korea back on a list of countries that America believes to be state sponsors of terrorists.