>> North Korea, on Wednesday, fired off it's first missile test in over two months, reigniting global tensions over it's nuclear ambitions.>> A missile was launched a little while ago from North Korea. I will only tell you that we will take care of it.>> The Pentagons initial assessment, North Korea had launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that traveled about 620 miles.
Climbing to an altitude of nearly 2,500 miles before splashing down in the Sea of Japan.>> Yeah, it went higher, frankly, than any previous shot they've taken. It's a research and development effort on their part to continue building ballistic missiles that can threaten everywhere in the world, basically.
>> David Brunstrum says the apparent range of the new missile is unprecedented for the Pyongyang regime.>> It is a matter of concern, because if you extrapolate from the figures that we're hearing from the Pentagon and also from the region, this could mean that this missile was capable of hitting any target in the United States.
With this sort of range, Washington, DC, for instance, would be well within range.>> It's North Korea's first launch since it caused a furor by firing a ballistic missile over Japan's northern Hokkaido island on September 15th. North Korea had recently paused amid a fiery war of words between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and US President Donald Trump, who said the US would totally destroy the country, in a speech at the UN, if North Korea threatened the US or its allies.
>> I think there would have been some optimists in Washington, who would have been hoping that after 75 days without a missile test, that the pressure tactics championed by President Donald Trump were working. But I think what we've heard certainly from the President, and also from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, is that there's gonna be no sudden change in US policy.
The indications are that they will continue with the pressure campaign against North Korea. And, in fact, seek to try and step it up through the United Nations.>> This month, Trump put North Korea back on a list of US state sponsors of terrorism. And its neighbor China has also stepped up measures aimed at reigning it in.
Washington says it's keeping all options on the table, including military action, but seeks a peaceful outcome in which North Korea gives up its nuclear and missile program, which Pyongyang insists it will never do.