The projectile was fired at about 7:27 a.m. local time Tuesday (5:27 p.m. ET on Monday), she said, adding that the military maintains a “standby mode” in preparation for additional launches. She added that the military is monitoring moves related to close cooperation with the United States.
The Japan Coast Guard said the “probable ballistic missile” likely fell into the sea by 7:45 a.m. local time. It called on all ships not to approach the fallen object and to report anything witnessed.
A statement by the South Korean government expressed its “deep regret for the North’s missile launch, which took place at a time when political stability is very important.”
Tuesday’s test covered roughly the same distance as last week, 700 kilometers (435 miles), and the missile landed in the sea outside Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), according to Japan’s Defense Ministry.
North Korea did not release any information about the launch on Tuesday. Last week, North Korean state media provided details after 24 hours of testing.
Pyongyang is prohibited from testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons under international law.