North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday the second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated his country can hit the U.S.
According to analysts, North Korea's missiles would be capable of reaching Los Angeles, New York or Chicago.
The Korean Central News Agency said Kim expressed "great satisfaction" with the test.
The Pentagon confirmed Friday morning that North Korea launched another ballistic missile.
"We are assessing and will have more information soon," said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.
Japanese government spokesperson Yoshihide Suga said the missile flew for roughly 45 minutes and landed off the Japanese coast in waters near Japan and the Korean Peninsula. Japanese public broadcaster NHK said the coast guard has issued safety warnings to aircraft and ships.
BREAKING: Japan says North Korea has fired what appears to be a missile, could land in waters off Japan.— The Associated Press (@AP) July 28, 2017
The launch occurred one day after Congress approved a legislative package that includes economic sanctions against North Korea.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the projectile may have landed in the sea. He also confined that he has confirmed a meeting of the National Security Council.
“I have received information that North Korea once again conducted a missile firing. We will immediately analyze information and do our utmost to protect the safety of the Japanese people.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.