According to ABC News, North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that traveled approximately 2,800 miles into space marking the highest missile the nation has launched to date as confirmed by United States officials.
The flight was also the longest duration of any missile made by North Korea lasting for an estimated 50 minutes.
The launch was first announced by South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff at approximately 1:30 p.m. eastern standard time, which is about 3:00 a.m. Wednesday in North Korea's capital of Pyongyang.
This is the third ICMB that North Korea has launched and the fifthteenth missile launch in 2017. The nation has not conducted any missile tests since September.
Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning said in a statement "The missile was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea and traveled about 1000 km before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan's Economic Exclusion Zone."
The Department of Defense stated that the missile did not pose a threat to North America, its territories or its allies.
President Trump later commented on the launch while speaking with reporters at the White House stating "We will take care of it. It is a situation that we will handle."
Secretary of Defense James Mattis added that "It went higher than any previous shot they have taken. It's a research and development effort on their part to continue building ballistic missiles that can threaten everywhere in the world."
Secretary Mattis also stated that South Korea fired "pinpoint missiles" into the ocean in response to North Korea's latest launch.
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