North Korea fired another test missile -- and experts think it was an ICBM

North Korea’s July 4 launch. Picture: Getty Images

North Korea held another missile test overnight, the second this month, which Pentagon officials believe was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

South Korea’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff say the launch in Mupyong-ni, in the north, occurred late on Friday night at around 11:41pm, local time, and travelled around 1000km over 45 minutes before splashing down in the Sea of Japan. There have been no reports of damage.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says it may have landed inside his nation’s exclusive economic zone and called a meeting of his National Security Council.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency says President Moon Jae-in convened an emergency meeting of his national security team at 1am as a result of the test.

Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said the US Department of Defense detected and tracked the missile and determined that it did not pose a threat to North America.

“Our commitment to the defense of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of these threats, remains ironclad. We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation,” he said.

Pyongyang conducted its first ICBM test on July 4 and has now carried out 12 missile tests since February.

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