N.Korea fires missile into sea amid US-S.Korea drills
North Korea has fired a short-range ballistic missile toward the sea off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula, South Korea and Japan say - the latest in a barrage of weapons tests from the nuclear-armed state.
The missile, was launched from the Dongchang-ri site on the west coast about 11.05am. (0205 GMT) on Sunday, flying some 800km before hitting a target, a South Korean military statement said.
Japan's defence ministry said the missile flew as high as 50km.
Seoul has condemned the recent ballistic missile launches by the North as a "clear violation" of a United Nations Security Council resolution.
Soon after the launch, South Korea's defence ministry said the US deployed a B-1B strategic bomber to a joint air drill, which Seoul and Washington say they are holding to strengthen extended deterrence.
The launches have also prompted criticism from Tokyo and Washington.
"North Korea's behaviour threatens international peace and security, and is unacceptable," Japan's state minister of defence Toshiro Ino told a news conference, adding Japan had protested strongly via North Korea's embassy in Beijing.
The United States Indo-Pacific Command said Sunday's launch did not pose an immediate threat to US personnel or its allies.
But the recent missile launches highlight the destabilising impact of Pyongyang's unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, it said in a statement.
The North on Thursday fired a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, hours before South Korea's president flew to Tokyo for a summit that discussed ways to counter the North.
Pyongyang said Thursday's ICBM launch was a warning against the US-South Korea military drills, state media KCNA reported.
South Korean and American forces began the 11-day drills, dubbed "Freedom Shield 23", a week ago on a scale not seen since 2017.