It’s only a day after announcing it would resume stalled talks over its nuclear programme with the United States. It would be the first time North Korea has launched an undersea missile in three years. The missile flew 450 kilometers (280 miles) and reached an altitude of 910 kilometres (565 miles). Japan lodged an immediate protest, saying the missile landed inside Japan’s economic exclusive zone which covers waters as far as 370 kilometers (230 miles) from the coast. It was considered “a serious threat to Japanese national security.” There were no reports of damage to Japanese vessels or aircraft traveling in the area.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the launch violated UN resolutions that ban North Korea from conducting any launch using ballistic technology. The United States called on Pyongyang to “refrain from provocations” and remain committed to nuclear negotiations. South Korea’s National Security Council expressed concern about the test and said it was placing “weight on the possibility” that it was a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).