An intercontinental ballistic missile, which was fired by North Korea on Friday and landed near Japanese waters showed a potential ability to reach to strike the entire US, Japan has said.
According to South Korean and Japanese estimates, the North Korean missile flew about 3,600-3,790 miles at a maximum altitude of 1,000 – 620 miles.
US Vice President Kamala Harris will now hold emergency talks with leaders from Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada to discuss the launch.
Japanese Defence Minister Yasukazu Hamada told reporters the altitude suggests the missile was launched on a high angle.
He said depending on the weight of a warhead to be placed on the missile, the weapon has a range exceeding 9,320 miles, "in which case it could cover the entire mainland United States".
Australia’s Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese posted on Twitter: "North Korea’s unprecedented launch of multiple missiles recklessly threatens the security of our entire region."