North Korea has launched another ballistic missile, its first in more than two months.
The Pentagon said in a statement that it believes North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM.
Here’s what we know.
What do we know about the missile?
Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning said Tuesday that the missile was fired from Sain Ni, North Korea, north of the capital Pyongyang in the early morning hours of Wednesday local time. Manning said the missile traveled about 620 miles and landed in the Sea of Japan, within Japan’s Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ). Manning also said a more detailed assessment was forthcoming.
The Washington Post reported the missile was in the air for 54 minutes before landing, flying as high as 2,800 miles.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America, or its territories or allies, the Pentagon added.
How does this compare to previous missile launches?
Today’s missile test was North Korea’s fifth major test this year, the BBC says, and also its first in more than two months. It followed similar paths to missiles launched in August and September, both of them also over Japan. In September, the Pentagon said the launch didn’t pose a threat to North America or Guam, the U.S. territory that North Korean officials suggested could be a target of their attacks. Those missiles were an apparent response to increased sanctions by the U.N. and the U.S., as well as the heated rhetoric that month between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.
Analysts said Trump softened his rhetoric toward North Korea during his 12-day tour of Asia in early November.
Trump told reporters after Tuesday’s launch that “We will take care of it … It is a situation we will handle.”
It’s not clear what prompted Tuesday’s launch.
How the region is reacting:
South Korea’s military has conducted its own military drills in response to North Korea’s missile test, shooting pinpoint missiles into the water, Defense Sec. James Mattis said before a meeting with Trump.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that North Korea’s missile launch “cannot be tolerated.” He called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.
How the U.S. is reacting:
Manning said the U.S. “commitment to the defense of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of these threats, remains ironclad. We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation.”
Mattis said the missile went higher than any other “previous shot they’ve taken,” adding it could threaten “everywhere in the world.”
PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.