|Estimated range of North Korea's Hwasong-14 Ballistic Missile|
The Japanese government is increasingly wary of worsening tensions between the United States and North Korea after Washington announced that it believes the latest missile launched by Pyongyang was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference on July 5 that judging from information available at the moment, it is "highly possible" that the missile North Korea launched on July 4 was an ICBM. When asked if the missile could reach the U.S. West Coast, Suga stated, "Based on its altitude and distance, the missile's maximum range could top 5,500 kilometers," or the same estimated range as existing ICBMs.
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