The Pentagon said Friday that it determined that that the projectile fired by North Korea on Friday was an intercontinental ballistic missile, according to a report.
The ICBM flew for more than 40 minutes and traveled about 620 miles before landing in the Sea of Japan in the country’s Economic Exclusion Zone, ABC News reported.
“The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America,” Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.
He said the first US confirmation of the launch occurred while the missile was still in flight.
It splashed down about 88 nautical miles west of Hokkaido.
“Our commitment to the defense of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of these threats, remains ironclad. We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation,” Davis said.
The rogue nation first tested an ICBM on July 4 and it proved that it had a range capable of reaching parts of the United States.