Seoul: North Korea has fired a ballistic missile across Japan, its second such move in weeks.
South Korea’s military said the missile reached an estimated altitude of about 770km (478 miles) and travelled 3,700km before landing in the sea off Hokkaido.
Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe said his country would “never tolerate” such “dangerous provocative action”.
“If North Korea continues to walk down this path, it has no bright future,” he said in a statement.
Minutes after the launch, South Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the sea in a simulated strike on North Korea.
The North has raised tensions in the region with its rapid progress in weapons technology under leader Kim Jong-Un, who is closely associated with the programme and regularly pictured by state media overseeing launches and visiting facilities.
Friday’s missile flew over Hokkaido in northern Japan “at around 07:06 am (2206 GMT) towards the Pacific Ocean”, Japan’s J-Alert system said, with reports saying it came down around 2,000 kilometres east of Hokkaido.