United States Tuesday condemned North Korea’s latest missile launch as a threat to the international community, and reaffirmed its commitment to defend both South Korea and Japan.  

People walk past a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on January 11, 2022, after North Korea fired a “suspected ballistic missile” into the sea. 

 “This launch is in violation of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions and poses a threat to the DPRK’s neighbors and the international community,” the department said, using the abbreviation of North Korea’s official name

The missile, launched by the Academy of Defence Science on Wednesday, manoeuvred 120 km laterally before it precisely hit a target 700 km away, which proved the reliability of a new fuel system, the report said.

Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida expressed his deep regret over North Korea missile launch and instructed his officials to ensure the safety of aircraft and ships for any type of event. 

USA  State Department said point-blank that this second test in less than a week was of a ballistic missile, not a suspected one as South Korea described it.