North Korea fires missile into waters off east coast

"If the US persists in confrontation with the DPRK (North Korea), the latter will show how the crime-woven history of the U.S.is put to an end", it said.

Military leaders from the South said North Korea "fired an unidentified projectile" from a site in South Pyongan province which flew about 500 kilometres, according to the report.

The two missile tests in a week complicate plans by South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in to seek ways to reduce tension on the peninsula.

A White House official visiting Saudi Arabia with Trump appeared to play down Sunday's firing.

The United Nations Security Council is due to meet on Tuesday behind closed doors to discuss the latest test at the request of the United States, Japan and South Korea, diplomats said on Sunday.

"This is the eighth test conducted by North Korea this year, some with multiple missiles".

The missile flew about 500 kilometres (310.69 miles), reaching an altitude of 560 km, and landed in waters off the North's east coast, South Korea's military said on Sunday.

Donald Trump told South Korea that Washington was willing to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis through diplomatic channels but under the right and conducive conditions.

"Saying with pride that the missile's rate of hits is very accurate and Pukguksong-2 is a successful strategic weapon, (Kim Jong-Un) approved the deployment of this weapon system for action", KCNA said.

Despite repeated condemnations and warnings of additional sanctions, Kim Jong Un's regime has been pressing ahead at a relentless pace to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which would be capable of reaching the mainland United States.

"We all have to send a sign to North Korea, and that is: "No more".

The launch came just one week after the North fired a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missile, which according to Pyongyang flew nearly 800 kilometres and was capable of carrying a "heavy" nuclear warhead.

South Korea and the USA earlier described Sunday's missile as medium-range.

North Korea on Sunday fired a midrange ballistic missile, U. She said the missile did not go higher than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), according to preliminary data.

Missile tests such as Sunday's present a hard challenge to Moon, a liberal who took over as South Korea's president on May 10 and has expressed a desire to reach out to the North. Pyongyang's aggressive push to boost its weapons program also makes it one of the most urgent foreign policy concerns for the Trump administration, though Washington has struggled to settle on a policy.

  • Leroy Wright