South Korea and Japan have made announcements regarding a new test by North Korea, which has responded with ballistic missile tests.

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff announced that North Korea had launched an ICBM eastward at 10:18 local time.

The Japanese Ministry of Defense also confirmed that the missile was launched from the western part of the Korean Peninsula.

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio told reporters that the missile is estimated to have landed in Japan’s exclusive zone.

Kishida said the Japanese government condemned the North’s “provocative actions”, which he called “unacceptable”.

‘Progress in North Korea’s missile technology cannot be ignored’

Japanese Defense Minister Hamada Yasukazu said they oppose North Korea’s “unprecedented frequency of missile tests”.

Highlighting rising regional tensions, Minister Hamada said that for his country’s security, North Korea’s advances in missile technology “cannot be ignored.”

It was recorded that the rocket fell in the west of the Hokkaido region in northern Japan around 11:20 local time.

It was reported that no damage was found to sea and air vehicles plying in the region.

Japanese public television NHK reported that with the latest test, the Pyongyang administration has conducted its 34th missile test this year.

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