North Korea fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile on Thursday, Tokyo and Seoul said as they voiced outrage at Pyongyang’s most powerful launch since 2017.
South Korea’s military said it had fired missiles from ground, sea and air in response.
Pyongyang has launched nearly a dozen weapon tests this year in an unprecedented spree in defiance of UN sanctions.
But long-range and nuclear tests such as the one conducted on Thursday have been paused since leader Kim Jong-un met then-U.S. President Donald Trump for a bout of doomed diplomacy, which collapsed in 2019.
Thursday’s launch was a “breach of the suspension of intercontinental ballistic missile launches promised by Chairman Kim Jong Un to the international community,” South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said.
“It poses a serious threat to the Korean peninsula, the region and the international community,” Moon said, adding that it was a “clear violation” of UN Security Council resolutions.