US Pentagon confirms that a North Korean missile fired Tuesday was an intercontinental ballistic missile which stayed aloft for 50 minutes and reached a 2800-mile trajectory before dropping into Japan’s exclusive economic water 200 miles of its coast. Pentagon analysts say this means that North Korea has an ICBM that can theoretically reach any point on the US mainland. The missile was launched from Pyongsong in South Pyongan Province, in the face of US warnings and sanctions by China and Russia. After the last mission launch on Sept. 15, the Trump administration branded North Korea a state-sponsor of terror. This was the third ICBM North Korea has tested.
President Trump’s response: “We’ll take care of it. We are building a stronger US military than ever before.” Defense Secretary James Mattis: The latest North Korean missile went higher and further than any before it. “Pyongyang has a missile capability that can reach any point in the world.”