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Cathay Pacific has confirmed that the crew on board one of its aircraft reported a suspected sighting of last week's North Korean missile test.

On 29 November North Korea tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile it said could reach anywhere in the US.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Mark Hoey sent a statement to the staff stating "today the crew of CX893 reported, 'Be advised, we witnessed the [North Korean] missile blow up and fall apart near our current location, '" according to the South China Morning Post.

Last week, the North Korean regime tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) - the first such test in over two months - that could potentially reach any city within the U.S. The regime praised the missiles as its "most powerful".

"Though the flight was far from the event location, the crew advised Japan ATC according to procedures. We remain alert and review the situation as it evolves".

The crew of the Cathay Pacific flight appears to have seen failure during the re-entry portion of North Korea's missile test.

A plane takes off near the control tower at San Francisco International Airport on February 25, 2013 in San Francisco, Calif.

The North Korean missile was sacked very high up, reaching an altitude of 4,475 kilometers (2,780 miles) before falling back into the Sea of Japan about 950 kilometers (600 miles) from where it was launched.

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North Korea has developed ballistic missiles powerful enough to reach their intended targets, including those as far away as the continental USA, and nuclear warheads for those weapons, but the North has struggled with re-entry vehicle technology, which ensures that the warhead survives the flight.

On Monday, Tokyo's parliament labeled North Korea's weapons program an "imminent threat".

Analysts say it is unclear whether the missile survived re-entry into the earth's atmosphere or could successfully deliver a warhead to its target - key technological hurdles for Pyongyang.

The test-launch raised tension further with South Korea and the USA, who on Monday began their largest ever joint air exercise, which the North has branded an "all-out provocation".

Washington has repeatedly called for China, North Korea's only ally, to help curb Pyongyang's nuclearization.

"It went higher, frankly, than any previous shot they've taken". North Korea likely chooses splashdown points for each stage that avoid airline routes, said Vipin Narang, an expert on nuclear strategy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"We're not going to let this insane man in North Korea have the capability to hit the homeland", he said.


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