Washington: US President Donald Trump has said “we will take care of” an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that North Korea fired off the coast of Japan. The President was briefed about the launch while the missile was in the air.
Earlier, North Korea has fired another ballistic missile, South Korea’s military chiefs say. The missile “flew eastward from the vicinity of Pyongyang” toward the Sea of Japan, South Korean military officials said.
It was fired in the middle of the night (local time) on Wednesday, a US official said to Fox News, which seemed to have landed within exclusive economic zone of Japan. Japan’s Prime Minister’s Office said: “North Korea launched a missile that has the possibility of arriving in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of our country.”
This is North Korea’s first missile attack since September 15 when it fired an intermediate-range missile, which flew over Hokkaido Island in Japan before and into the Pacific Ocean.
South Korea’s military said it had responded to the launch with a missile exercise of its own. North Korea is thought to be focusing efforts on building long-range missiles with the potential of reaching the mainland continental US.