An undated photo released 15 May 2017 by North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) viewing a missile, believed to be Hwasong-12. The missile covered a distance of roughly 800 kilometers while reaching an altitude of over 2,000 kilometers, in what appears to be the longest-range missile tested by Pyongyang to date.
The missile flew four minutes longer than any previous ballistic missile test in the history of the communist regime, USA officials told Fox News, though North Korea had conducted space launches in the past that have flown longer than KN-17 - including a mission in February 2016 that sent a satellite into orbit on Super Bowl Sunday.
What's worrying to the United States, among other countries, is that if this missile were fired at a different trajectory, it could have reached the US Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, according to aerospace engineer John Schilling's 38 North blog, which is published by the US Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
The radar of an advanced US missile defense system in South Korea detected the launch of a North Korean ballistic missile two days ago, South Korea's defense minister told lawmakers on Tuesday.
The statement also condemned an earlier ballistic missile launch by Pyongyang on April 28 - following that launch, Washington began talks with China on possible new United Nations sanctions.
But, he added: "We must stop intimidating North Korea and find a peaceful solution to this problem".
The Russian Defence Ministry said on Sunday that the missile crashed into the Sea of Japan around 500 km (310 miles) off the Russian coast.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in slammed the latest missile test as a "reckless provocation".
North Korea said it was a test of the abilities of a "newly developed ballistic rocket".
The missile seems to have been equipped with a new, high-powered engine that was tested at the Tongchang-ri launch pad in remote North Pyongan Province in mid-March.
"It is considered an IRBM [intermediate range ballistic missile] of enhanced caliber compared to Musudan missiles that have continually failed", Han said while also stating Sunday's test was "successful in flight". For Pyongyang, this would mean a guarantee that the Kim regime survives and that its nuclear program can continue.
"This missile launch presented no threat to us, but it of course escalates this conflict and there is nothing good about that".
Subsequent missile tests suggest it has yet to achieve this goal, though it is making progress, as demonstrated by its most recent success.
While the White House called for stronger sanctions and noted the missile's proximity to Russian Federation, saying President Trump could not "imagine that Russian Federation is pleased". North Korea's push to boost its weapons programme also makes it one of the Trump administration's most urgent foreign policy worries. The United States is in talks with China - Pyongyang's sole major ally and main trading partner - on a possible new sanctions resolution and the council is expected to discuss its steps during a closed-door meeting starting around 2000 GMT Tuesday.