North Korea test-fires third intercontinental ballistic missile

29 November 2017 (Last Updated November 29th, 2017 10:07)

North Korea has launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the third time this year.

North Korea has launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the third time this year.

Before landing in the Sea of Japan within Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the missile flew a distance of more than 1,000km.

The ICBM launched from Sain Ni, north of Pyongyang, on 28 November was detected and tracked by the US Department of Defense (DoD).

US DoD spokesman Army Colonel Robert Manning said: “We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment of the launch.”

According to North American Aerospace Defense Command, the North Korean missile launch did not pose a threat to North America or US territories and allies.

“We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation.”

The Republic of South Korea Army conducted a ‘precision strike’ missile exercise in response to North Korea’s provocative actions, according to South Korea’s news agency.

Manning said that the US will continue to support the defence of its allies, including South Korea and Japan, in the wake of these threats.

He added: “We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation.”

The first two ICBM were launched by North Korea in July this year.

The latest ICBM launch is the first of any kind since 15 September this year when North Korea tested an intermediate-range missile, the US DoD stated.