North Korea has carried out another ballistic missile test, days after a new president took office in the South.
The U.S. Pacific Command confirmed the test-firing, which it said took place around 5:30 a.m. at a site near Kusong, North Korea.
Japan’s Defense Ministry said the missile flew for about 30 minutes, reaching an altitude of more than 2,000 km (1,245 miles) and was believed to have traveled some 800 km before falling into the Sea of Japan about 400 km outside of Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
The launch is the latest in a series of missile tests that have been carried out by North Korea, each one escalating tensions with the US.
South Korea’s newly elected President Moon Jae-in, who is seeking deeper engagement with the North, said it was a “reckless provocation”.
In a statement the White House said the US president “has been informed” adding “with the missile impacting so close to Russian soil – in-fact, closer to Russia than to Japan – the president cannot imagine that Russia is pleased”.
“North Korea has been a flagrant menace for far too long” the statement continued adding that “South Korea and Japan have been watching this situation closely with us”.