N Korea missile appeared to be 'medium-range' weapon, says Russian Federation

North Korea fires apparent missile: reports

North Korea fires apparent missile: reports

US President Donald Trump condemned the test of a second ICBM as a threat to the world, and in a statement described it as only the latest reckless and unsafe action by Pyongyang.

North Korea created a stir on July 4 when it test-fired its first ICBM, a Hwasong-14 missile, which experts believe could have the potential to reach Alaska.

"I have received information that North Korea once again conducted a missile firing", he said.

It reached an altitude of 681 kilometres and flew for 732 kilometres before crashing down into the Sea of Japan without posing any threat to Russian Federation, the statement said.

North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un has issued a fresh challenge to President Donald Trump by launching another sophisticated missile test that could potentially hit the entire United States, North Korea's state news agency said.

The Russians said the launch Friday was 732 km, far below the estimates of the United States, North Korea, South Korea, Japan and China. He said Japan has lodged a strong protest with North Korea over the launch.

At present, two THAAD anti-missile batteries are deployed in South Korea to defend against the North's short- and medium-term ballistic missiles.

"This ballistic missile launch by North Korea is a serious provocation that not only clearly violates the UN Security Council's numerous resolutions but also threatens the safety of the Korean peninsula and world peace", Song said.

"The latest test proved our intercontinental ballistic rocket's reliability and a capacity to launch it in a surprised manner at any place and time", the KCNA report claimed, adding it should be seen as a "stern" warning to the U.S. Russian Federation also provided evidence indicating that the missile launch on July 4 was a test of an intermediate range rocket. As per the analysis, if the missile were to be fired on a flatter and standard trajectory, the missile could have easily traveled much farther, thus having major cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dever in its range, and probably could have even reached NY and Boston.

A Pentagon spokesman on Friday confirmed that the test happened and said that particular missile wasn't a threat to the United States.

USA authorities had earlier confirmed that the missile was an ICBM but downplayed claims that it could reach the U.S. mainland.

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