North Korea has tested a new long-range cruise missile capable of hitting much of Japan.
According to KCNA New Agency, tests staged over the weekend saw missiles travelling as far as 1,500km (930 miles) away.
However, it does not violate UN Security Council resolutions – they have lead to tough sanctions on North Korea in the past. But it suggests the country is still capable of developing weapons despite food shortages and an economic crisis.
UN Security Council sanctions forbid North Korea from testing ballistic missiles.
The council considers them to be more threatening than cruise missiles because they can carry bigger and more powerful payloads, have a much larger ranger, and can fly faster.
The US military said the test showed North Korea’s “continuing focus on developing its military programme and the threats that poses to its neighbours and the international community”.
It added that US commitment to defending allies South Korea and Japan “remains ironclad”.
South Korea’s military said it was doing an in-depth analysis of the launches with US intelligence authorities, according to news agency Yonhap.
Top-level officials from the US, South Korea and Japan are due to meet this week to discuss North Korea’s denuclearisation process.