“We strongly condemn this and North Korea’s other recent missile tests, which violate UN Security Council resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea’s launches using ballistic missile technology,” Pentagon spokesman Gary Ross said in a statement.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America.
Washington called on Pyongyang to “refrain from actions that further raise tensions in the region,” Ross said.
“This provocation only serves to increase the international community’s resolve to counter the DPRK’s prohibited activities, including through implementing existing UN Security Council sanctions,” he said. “Our commitment to the defense of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of these threats, is ironclad.”
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said that Washington and Seoul had shared information about the failed missile launch.
In a statement, it said the test was a “clear violation” of a UN Security Council resolution. It strongly condemned North Korea’s “provocative act” and said South Korea’s military was “prepared” for any more provocations.
The Pentagon and South Korea said the missile was presumed to be a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile. Musadan missiles are capable of reaching Japan and Guam, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Recent missile tests
Four tests of the missile, in April and May, failed, CSIS said. Two more tests came in June, with the first missile breaking up in the air and the second traveling 400 km (250 miles) and falling into the Sea of Japan, CSIS said.
All three landed within 250 km (155 miles) of Japan’s Okushiri Island, the country’s Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Pyongyang followed the September missile launch with the test explosion of a nuclear warhead later that week.
Tensions have increased considerably on the peninsula since Pyongyang allegedly successfully tested a hydrogen bomb in January.
But while any missile that passes Seoul’s defenses would be potentially devastating for those in its path, the true threat posed by North Korea to its neighbors comes from its purported ability to equip such weapons with nuclear warheads.
CNN’s James Griffiths and Allie Malloy contributed to this report.