Defense Minister Hamada has revealed that the ballistic missile launched by North Korea is considered to be a missile with a range of IRBM (intermediate-range ballistic missile class) or higher.

In addition, it revealed that the estimated flight distance of about 4,600 kilometers, which was announced as the estimated distance from the launch point to the impact point, was considered to be the longest so far.

According to the Ministry of Defense, the ballistic missile launched by North Korea flew over Aomori Prefecture between around 7:28 and 7:29 am and is believed to have landed about 3,200 kilometers east of Japan.

It also flew about 4,600 kilometers, which is believed to be the longest ballistic missile ever launched by North Korea.