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Latest North Korea missile launch appears to put DC in range

A large video screen in Tokyo broadcasts a news report showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, following a North Korean missile test on Sept. 15 that passed over Japan. North Korea fired a ballistic missile Wednesday morning that was reportedly "higher, frankly, than any previous shot they have taken." (Toru Yamanaka/Getty images)

North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that analysts say might have enough power to reach Washington, D.C.

The North Korean missile test, which occurred Wednesday morning, was "higher, frankly, than any previous shot they have taken," Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told reporters during a news conference Tuesday. Mattis also reportedly said he believes North Korea has weapons that can strike anywhere in the world.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday pledged to address the issue.

"We will take care of it," Trump said during a news conference, adding that North Korea "is a situation that we will handle."

When and where did the test happen?

The Kim Jong Un regime launched the ballistic missile into the East Sea near Pyongsong, a South Pyongan Province, at 3:17 a.m. local time, South Korea's military joint chief of staffs told the Yonhap News Agency in Seoul.

In response to what they called a provocation, South Korean armed forces conducted a "precision strike" missile launch, reports stated.

North Korea's action dashed hopes that diplomatic talks might be gaining ground. The authoritarian nation had conducted no missile tests for the past 74 days, the longest time period in the past year.

Officials in South Korea and U.S. are researching further details, such as the flight and distance, according to reports.

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