Saturday's launch comes during an annual joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea that the North condemns as an invasion rehearsal, and weeks after Pyongyang threatened to lob missiles toward Guam.
South Korea's presidential office and military said North Korea fired "several" projectiles in what was presumed as a test of its 300-millimeter rocket artillery system.
If true, it would be the first time the country has managed to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which could potentially have the range to reach the US.
Serving as a warning as to what might happen if Britain becomes involved with the US and South Korean military exercises, a statement was issued by the Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday, the Mirror reports. It said South Korea and USA militaries were analyzing the launch and didn't immediately provide more details.
The United States on Tuesday slapped sanctions on 16 Chinese and Russian individuals and companies, accusing them of supporting North Korea's nuclear program and attempting to evade US sanctions.
"We will continue to work with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment of this latest launch and we will provide a public update if warranted", command spokesman Cmdr.
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Yoshihide Suga told reporters the missiles early Saturday did not fall into Japan's territorial waters or the coastal 200-mile economic zone.
"We confirmed there was no direct impact on our country's security".
The region where the missiles were launched is a known military test site frequently used by the North for short-range missile drills, said Kim Dong-yub, a military expert at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies in Seoul.
On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson openly said in Washington that, "I am pleased to see that the regime in Pyongyang has certainly demonstrated some level of restraint that we've not seen in the past".
"The reality vividly shows that the U.S. ambition for stifling [North Korea] remains unchanged no matter how much water may flow under the bridge and the puppet group's ambition for invading the north remains unchanged", the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported.
Meanwhile, Japan says it will impose additional sanctions on North Korea.
The rival Koreas recently saw their always testy relationship get worse after Pyongyang and President Donald Trump traded warlike threats.
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