North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile into the sea between Korea and Japan on Wednesday, Seoul and Tokyo said, days after threatening the United States over alleged reconnaissance flights.
The missile was launched from the Pyongyang area at 10 a.m. and traveled at a lofted angle for roughly 621 miles, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a message to reporters.
“We strongly condemn North Korea’s long-range ballistic missile launch as a serious provocation that harms peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, as well as the international community, and is in clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions,” the JCS said.
Japan’s Defense Ministry said the missile reached an altitude of over 3,700 miles and flew for around 74 minutes before splashing down in waters 155 miles west of Okushiri Island, outside the country’s exclusive economic zone.
The flight time of 74 minutes would be the longest ever recorded for a North Korean missile.