North Korea launched a "long-range ballistic missile" in the direction of the Sea of Japan at around 10:00 a.m. local time from near the capital Pyongyang, according to a statement by the South Korean General Staff.
The statement emphasized that the South Korean military has strengthened their monitoring and vigilance and maintains a state of full readiness in close cooperation with the United States.
Japan's Coast Guard also confirmed that North Korea had tested a ballistic missile. Japan's Defense Ministry announced that the missile fell 250 kilometers off the northern island of Hokkaido and outside the Japanese exclusive economic zone at 11:13 a.m. local time.
The missile, which the ministry described as "intercontinental ballistic", reached an altitude of 6,000 kilometers and traveled 1000 kilometers in the air.
Possible damage to air and naval assets in the area where the missile fell will be assessed.
In a statement, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu condemned the missile test and said "launching ballistic missiles is a threat to the peace and security of the region."
During the week, Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, claimed that the US Air Force had violated her country's airspace during reconnaissance flights.
Kim Yo-Jong said, "If the US continues illegal violations, it will have an unforgettable flight experience." It was noteworthy that the test came after this statement.
Source: Anadolu Agency