North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward the Baltic Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, on the night from Saturday to Sunday.
South Korea’s military reports that the missile traveled a distance of 600 kilometers and reached an altitude of 60 kilometers. Seoul speaks of a “serious provocation” by North Korea and says it is cooperating with US forces.
According to the Japanese coast guard, the projectile landed in the sea, outside the so-called Japanese economic zone.
The North Korean missile launch follows a few days after the arrival of a US aircraft carrier in South Korea. That ship, USS Ronald Reagan, is in the region for military exercises to deter North Korea.
It is the first time in nearly five years that a US aircraft carrier is in South Korea. Next week, US Vice President Kamala Harris is also scheduled to visit Tokyo and Seoul, among other places.
Pyongyang has conducted a record number of weapons tests this year. It also revised its nuclear weapons law earlier this month, making it now possible for North Korea to be the first to carry out a nuclear weapons attack. The country also says it will never relinquish its nuclear weapons.