Boris Johnson has condemned the “reckless provocation” of the missile launch in North Korea which caused panic in Japan.
Officials in Tokyo said the missile had flown directly over the island of Hokkaido before landing harmlessly in the Pacific Ocean.
The launch – thought to be in response to joint military exercises by South Korea and the United States - prompted an emergency news bulletin calling for residents to seek shelter and the shutdown of several bullet train lines.
The Foreign secretary expressed his “outrage” at the “illegal” missile incident, which comes ahead of Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to Japan to discuss post-Brexit trade options.
Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, called the missile test a “reckless act” which represented an “unprecedented threat.”
He made clear he’d spoken to US President Donald Trump, and insisted America and Japan remain united on how to deal with North Korea.