Boris Johnson has called for North Korea to “change course” after it launched what America is saying was an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday.
The move by the secretive state is likely to escalate tensions in the region, which were already high given the Pyongyang regime’s hawkish approach to the West.
The British foreign minister condemned “another illegal missile launch” from North Korea, and insisted it wasn’t the best way to obtain “security and prosperity” for the people of the country.
A spokesman for the Pentagon said the missile travelled around 620 miles east, landing in the sea less than 200 nautical miles from the Japanese coast.
The launch prompted South Korea to conduct short-range missile tests of its own, while Donald Trump told reporters the US was going to “handle” the situation.
Trump has consistently talked tough on North Korea during the first year of his presidency, pledging to crack down on the rogue state and bring it into line.