North Korea conducted what is thought to be its largest intercontinental ballistic missile test ever on Thursday, that's according to the South Korean and Japanese militaries.
It marks a dramatic end to a self-imposed moratorium on long-range testing,
and would be the first full-capability launch of the nuclear-armed state's largest missile since 2017.
In response, South Korea said it had conducted a live-fire test of multiple ballistic and tactical missiles immediately after North Korea's alleged launch.
Japan's vice defence minister Makoto Oniki said the projectile appeared to be a new model of an intercontinental ballistic missile,
given that it reached an altitude of more than 3,700 miles.
North Korea had put its ICBM and nuclear tests on hold since 2017, but has defended the weapons as necessary for self-defense.
Thursday's launch would be at least the 11th North Korean missile test this year, an unprecedented frequency.
Both South Korea's outgoing President Moon Jae-in, who made engaging North Korea a major goal of his administration, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida condemned the launch.
Japanese authorities said the missile flew for around 71 minutes at a range of 684 miles from its launch site.