North Korea said on Tuesday it had successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching any target in the world, reported Bloomberg.
The missile was fired at its highest angle, reached a height of 2800 km (1740 miles) and reached its target accurately after flying for 39 minutes announced North Korean television. The test was overseen by leader Kim Jong-Un, a speaker said in a special announcement about the situation of Korean Central Television.
Previously, the US Had said North Korea had launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile that had landed in Japan’s waters, the BBC reported. According to the South Korean army, the missile was launched from Panghyon in the North Pyongan province and traveled more than 930 km.
Japanese Defense Ministry Public Affairs Officer Takahiro Hirano said the missile may have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, which stretches 200 nautical miles from the coast.
Secretary of Japanese Cabinet Chief Yoshihide Suga said the missile flew “for about 40 minutes,” which is an unusually long flight time, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters: “This release is clear the threat has increased.
The rocket could bring Alaska into North Korea’s array of devices, according to analysts, according to AFP.
Tuesday’s test raises the number of North Korean missile launches this year at eleven. The launch coincided with US Independence Day.
The action sparked an explosion of Twitter by US President Donald Trump. “North Korea has launched another missile. Is this guy got anything better to do with his life?” He wrote referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“It is hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will stand up much longer. Maybe China will put a big buffoon in North Korea and will end this sense once and for all!” Trump wrote in another tweet.
Earlier, the UN had imposed several rounds of sanctions on Pyongyang over its weapons programs. However, North Korea said it needed nuclear weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion.
On 14 May, the country alone had fired another ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan. The missile flew for half an hour and reached an unusually high altitude – indicating that it could be a new type of weapon – before landing at sea, the South Korean military, Japan and the United States have said.
With North Korea intensifying its range of military forces in recent months, countries around the world fear that the war leads two volatile leaders at the head of two major nuclear powers: Kim and Trump.