At 5:27 a.m. local time on Sunday, North Korea conducted a successful test launch of a ballistic missile, despite growing concern and threats of increased sanctions from members of the international community. The missile, which flew 430 miles and reached an altitude of more than 1,245 miles, went further and higher than the nation’s last successful test launch, but does not qualify as an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement on Sunday. North Korea’s most recent successful test launch occurred in February, when the nation fired a missile that flew 310 miles and reached an altitude of more than 340 miles. Since March, the nation has conducted four failed launches, with the last unsuccessful attempt occurring just two weeks ago.
After flying for 30 minutes, Sunday’s missile landed in the sea between Japan and North Korea’s east coast. The Japanese Defense Minister, Tomomi Inada, said the missile could be classified as a new type, given the altitude at which it was launched. In a statement to The Guardian, David Wright, the co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the missile could theoretically reach nearly 2,800 miles if fired at a standard altitude. While this still wouldn’t qualify it as an ICBM, missile experts find the range concerning.