[Ed. – To test ability to project ballistic missiles at great distance, a small country like North Korea sends them to a very high apogee. The distance this one covered over land (or sea, in this case) was only about 600 miles. But the high apogee and flight time indicate the missile could go a lot further on a lower trajectory. It could theoretically hit all of North America.]
The Pentagon confirmed earlier Tuesday that North Korea launched what the US military believes to be an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told reporters that the North Korean missile test went “higher, frankly, than any previous shot they have taken.”
Mattis made remarks as he sat in on a meeting with Trump, House Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell. The defense secretary added that North Korea has the ability to hit “everywhere in the world basically.”
Pentagon spokesperson Col. Rob Manning told reporters that the missile was “launched from Sain Ni, North Korea, and traveled about 1,000 kilometers before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan’s Economic Exclusion Zone.”