In retaliation to the new UN sanctions, North Korea has fired another ballistic missile over Japan into the Pacific ocean.
The launch, from near Pyongyang, came after the United Nations Security Council imposed an eighth set of measures on Pyongyang over its ballistic missile and atomic weapons programmes.
In New York, the United Nations Security Council has called an emergency meeting on the latest missile test.
The North’s last missile launch, a Hwasong-12 IRBM just over two weeks ago, also overflew Japan’s main islands and was the first to do so in years.
The US Pacific Command confirmed the rocket was an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) and said it did not pose a threat to North America, or to the US Pacific territory of Guam, which Pyongyang has threatened to bracket with “enveloping fire”.
Seoul’s defence ministry said it probably travelled around 3,700 kilometres and reached a maximum altitude of 770 kilometres.
The latest missile is said to be “the furthest overground any of their ballistic missiles has ever travelled”.
The North has raised global tensions with its rapid progress in weapons technology under leader Kim Jong-un.
Pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July that appeared to bring much of the US mainland into range.
North Korea vowed the US would face ‘pain and suffering’ in retaliation for the UN sanctions.
Millions of Japanese were jolted awake by blaring sirens and emergency text message alerts after the missile was fired.
“Missile launch! missile launch! A missile appears to have been launched from North Korea,” loudspeakers blared on Cape Erimo, on Hokkaido’s southern tip.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tokyo could “never tolerate” what he called a “dangerous provocative action that threatens world peace”.
“If North Korea continues to walk down this path, it has no bright future,” he told reporters. “We must make North Korea understand this.”
The launch came a day after a North Korean organisation warned of a “telling blow” against Japan, accusing it of “dancing to the tune of the US” for supporting fresh UN sanctions.
“The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche,” the Korea Asia- Pacific Peace Committee (KAPPC) said in a statement, referring to the North’s national philosophy of “Juche” or self- reliance.
(With inputs from PTI)