North Korea test fired an intercontinental ballistic missile early Wednesday morning sparking strong reactions from United Nations. This is the first such launch in two months which comes just a week after the US slapped fresh sanctions and declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism.
According to reports, the missile flew about 1,000 km before splashing down in the Sea of Japan.
The US Department of Defence detected and tracked a North Korean missile launch today morning. Initial assessment indicates that this missile was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Pentagon Spokesman Col Rob Manning said in a statement.
“The missile was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea, and travelled about 1000 km before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan’s Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ),” Manning said, adding that the Pentagon is working with its interagency partners on a more detailed assessment of the launch.
He, however, said that the missile launch did not pose any threat to the US or its allies.
“The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America, our territories or our allies,” Manning said.
According to the White House, President Donald Trump has been briefed on the issue. White House Press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a tweet that Trump “was briefed, while missile was still in the air, on the situation in North Korea”.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned North Korea’s latest missile test and urged Pyongyang to “desist taking any further destabilising steps.”
“This is a clear violation of Security Council resolutions and shows complete disregard for the united view of the international community,” Guterres said in a statement.
The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting today to discuss the latest launch and calls from the United States for more sanctions to be imposed on North Korea.
(With inputs from PTI)