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.