Ballistic missile that North Korea fired over Japan did not threaten US: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: The ballistic missile that North Korea fired over Japan Tuesday was a medium-range rocket that did not threaten US territory, the Pentagon said.

“Initial assessment indicates the launch of an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM),” the Pentagon said in a statement.

“The North American Aerospace Defense Command determined this ballistic missile launch did not pose a threat to North America. US Pacific Command determined this ballistic missile launch did not pose a threat to Guam,” it said.

In July North Korea test-fired a long-range, intercontinental ballistic missile that demonstrated a capacity to strike the continental United States.

Following that Pyongyang threatened to fire one or more close to the US Pacific Island of Guam, which Washington warned would be a red line that North Korea should not dare to cross.

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