On Tuesday, North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile at 1:30 p.m. eastern time, the first such launch from the rogue regime in more than two weeks, a U.S. official confirmed.
The missile, believed to be an ICBM by the Pentagon based on assessments, was launched by Sain Ni and flew approximately 620 kilometers in the oceans of Japan.
South Korea's News Agency, Yonhap, first reported that the launch, said the missile launch occurred around 3 a.m. local time in North Korea. South Korea fired pinpoint missiles into nearby waters to make sure North Korea knows it could be "obtained under fire" by the South, '' Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stated.
North Korea has been working vigorously to perfect "re-entry" technology to a day have a warhead be able to survive re-entry into Earth's atmosphere. This ICBM would have the ability to hit any town over the U.S. if a warhead can survive re-entry.
It was determined from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) that the missile "didn't pose a threat to North America, our territories or our allies," Pentagon spokesman Col. Robert Manning III told Fox News.
Manning, in a previous statement, stated: "We are in the process of analyzing the situation, and we'll be providing additional details when available."
The ICBM flew nearly 2,800 miles to space, according to Yonhap. NASA's International Space Station only transforms the Earth out of 250 miles.
North Korea has now test-launched three ICBMs in its own history. Tuesday's missile flew 1,000 miles greater than the regime's first launch.
President Trump told reporters Tuesday that the missile launch "is a scenario that we will handle," and added the U.S. would "take care of it." While it was still in the air, the president was briefed on the launch, press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted earlier in the afternoon.
Mattis added North Korea is advancing to build ICBMs that may "threaten everywhere on earth" as it proceeds to endanger world peace, regional peace and "certainly the United States."
"With every launch, North Korean officials have been progressing their ability, and they are making it crystal clear that they can hold the complete U.S. at risk," House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, told Fox News. "They are steadily moving on, and we're not responding in kind."