A day after slamming President Joe Biden for discussing North Korea’s missile tests at the G20, Kim Jong Un fired a suspected long-range missile designed to strike America on Friday.
What Happened: South Korea detected a ballistic missile launch off North Korea's eastern coast, Seoul's joint chiefs of staff said in a statement, later adding that the missile launched is likely an intercontinental ballistic missile, reported Associated Press.
Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also said the North Korean missile was believed to have fallen in waters within Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the northern region of Hokkaido.
Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada told reporters that ICBM fired by Kim's nation has a range exceeding 15,000 kilometers (9,320 miles), "in which case it could cover the entire mainland United States."
The launch was North Korea's first ICBM in about two weeks after its last long-range missile launch on Nov. 3 failed to fly its intended flight.
This came a day after Kim's isolated nation fired a ballistic missile and warned the U.S. and its allies of a “fiercer” military response. North Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui, in a statement, also slammed Biden’s discussion at G20 and ASEAN summit about Pyongyang's missile program, saying they were “bringing the situation on the Korean peninsula to an unpredictable phase.”
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