North Korea has fired an ICBM, traveling 620 miles into the Sea of Japan.
For the second time this month,Â North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missileÂ Friday, sendingÂ the projectile 600 miles into the Sea of Japan.
The Pentagon said in a statement that the missile, which was determined to be an ICBM,Â was launched from Mupyong-ni in North Korea’s Chagang province and never posed a threat to North America.
In a later statement, theÂ Pentagon saidÂ Gen. Joseph Dunford, Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Adm. Harry Harris,Â commander, U.S. Pacific Command,Â called Gen.Â Lee Sun Jin, chairman of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, and “expressed the ironclad commitment to the U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance.”
The statement said the three leaders “also discussed military response options.”
North KoreaÂ test-launched its first ICBM on July 4Â in a major stepÂ towardÂ developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of reaching the United States.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo AbeÂ called an emergency meeting of his National Security Council, the Associated Press reported.
Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said North Korea fired the missileÂ at 11:42 p.m. local timeÂ Friday in a rare night launch.Â Japanese officials said the missile was airborne for about 45 minutes.
SugaÂ said Japan lodged aÂ strong protest with North Korea.Â âNorth Koreaâs repeated provocative acts absolutely cannot be accepted,â he said.
The missile landed west of Japan’s island of Hokkaido.Â Japan’s national public broadcasterÂ NHK reportedÂ the coast guard issued safety warnings to aircraft and ships after the launch was detected.