North Korea has launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which the US Secretary of Defence said makes the country a worldwide threat.
The device fired in the test, reportedly the country’s highest-ever ICBM, was launched on Wednesday and came down in Japanese waters.
It reached an altitude of 4,500km and flew 960km during the test flight, according to South Korea’s military.
Pyongyang has stepped up its weapons programmes, involving both missile and nuclear capability development, significantly in recent months despite global condemnation and ever-increasing sanctions.
The country last launched a ballistic missile in September, the same month in which it conducted its sixth nuclear test.
The UN Security Council is due to convene an emergency session to discuss the latest test.