Aug. 29 (UPI) -- North Korea's latest missile is likely a midrange ballistic projectile with a range of 3,100 miles, newly appointed Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Tuesday.
The missile, likely a Hwasong-12, is "most definitely capable of reaching Guam," Tokyo's defense chief said, according to Nikkei and other Japanese news services.
Regarding the possibility the missile North Korea launched early Tuesday separated into three parts, Onodera said all parts are "estimated to have fallen in the Pacific Ocean, about 730 miles from Erimosaki, Hokkaido."
Onodera also said at the press briefing in Tokyo on Tuesday morning the missile launched is likely identical to the Hwasong-12, a projectile Pyongyang launched on May 14.
Japan's defense chief added it is less likely the projectile was a Rodong or a Scud missile.
"The midrange missile launched on May 14 was launched at the highest angle, but this time, considering the highest altitude reached was 340 miles, the [most recent] launch is estimated to have taken place at a normal angle."
South Korean military confirmed early Tuesday, local time, the projectile flew over Japan, according to Yonhap news agency.
The "unidentified" rocket was launched from Pyongyang, the country's capital, at about 5:57 a.m., Seoul's joint chiefs of staff said.