North Korea launched an ICBM that crossed into Japan's air space before crashing into the sea near the archipelago. President Donald Trump released a statement from the White House in response: 

"The world has received North Korea’s latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior.  

"Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world.  All options are on the table."

According to the Department of Defense, the missile fired by North Korea has been identified as a KN-17 intermediate-range missile. Known as a Hwasong-12, the missile flew 1,667 miles horizontally and about 310 miles at its apogee after its launch on Tuesday. It landed in the Pacific Ocean, about 733 miles east of Cape Erimo, which is the southernmost point on Japan's Hokkaido Island.

The KN-17 is a single-stage, liquid-fueled missile, and was fired from a mobile launcher north of Pyongyang, North Korea's capital. According to DoD, the missile broke up near the end of its trajectory. According to Fox News, DoD does not believe that the launch represented a test of a re-entry vehicle. Even though North Korea has shown that it has the capability of striking targets on the American mainland, DoD says that the communist republic does not yet have the technology to build a nuclear warhead that can survive re-entry through the earth's atmosphere.

No other missile movements have been detected in North Korea that could indicate another launch is in the works, said the official.

U.S. intelligence labels North Korean missiles by the letters KN followed by a number.

On Friday, North Korea fired three short-range missiles that landed in the Sea of Japan, two of them traveling about 150 miles. U.S. officials identified those missiles as short range Scud missiles.

North Korea has used the KN-17 to great effect since overcoming a string of launch failures with the rocket earlier this year.

U.S. officials said that the two-stage intercontinental ballistic missiles that North Korea fired in July were based on the KN-17. One official described the ICBMs as "KN-17 hybrids," since the smaller second-stage components were placed on top of what was essentially a KN-17 body.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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