The U.S. believes the missile test-fired by North Korea Friday was its second intercontinental ballistic missile that flew longer, higher than first ICBM launched over three weeks ago.
The missile was launched on very high trajectory, which limited the distance travelled, and landed west of Japan’s island of Hokkaido.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calls it a ”serious and real threat” to the country’s security.
A spokesperson for the Japanese government says Japan’s lodged a strong protest with North Korea.
”North Korea’s repeated provocative acts absolutely cannot be accepted,” the spokesperson said.
Prime Minister Abe says Japan will cooperate closely with the U.S., South Korea and other countries to further increase pressure on North Korea to halt its missile programs.
An expert with the California-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies says early data from the test suggest a missile with a range of about 10,000 kilometres that would be capable of reaching targets deep inside the U.S. mainland.