North Korea carries out new ballistic missile test

Japanese officials say the missile, which launched from north-western Kusong, reached an altitude of 2,000km.South Korea's newly elected President Moon Jae-in, who is seeking deeper engagement with the North, said it was a "reckless provocation".US President Donald Trump has called for "stronger sanctions" against North Korea, while China is urging restraint.A series of North Korean missile tests this year - which are banned by the UN - has sparked international alarm and raised tensions with the US.

Is it a new type of missile?
The nature of the launch is still being determined, but analysts have said the test could suggest a longer range than previously tested devices.The Japanese defence minister said it flew for about 30 minutes before falling in the Sea of Japan and could be a new type of missile.Tomomi Inada said it covered a distance of about 700km (435 miles), reaching an altitude of more than 2,000km (1,245 miles) - higher than that reached by an intermediate-range missile North Korea fired in February.Intercontinental ballistic missiles [ICBMs] can potentially reach altitudes of hundreds of kilometres, taking them well outside the Earth's atmosphere.