As part of its provocative series of weapons tests, North Korea shot a ballistic missile at a high angle that touched down between the Korean Peninsula and Japan early on Thursday.

The launch caused Japan to issue an evacuation order for a northern island, which was later withdrawn, demonstrating the neighbours of North Korea's watchfulness over its growing missile threats.

According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea, the missile that was fired from a location close to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, headed towards the seas off the country's east coast. The statement didn't specify how far the missile flew; it only said that it had a medium or longer range.

Yasukazu Hamada, the defence minister of Japan, warned journalists that North Korea may have launched an intercontinental ballistic missile at a high angle. According to Hamada, the missile missed Japan's exclusive economic zone.

According to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the National Security Council will meet to discuss the launch. When questioned about the veracity of Japan's information release regarding upcoming North Korean launches,

Frequently, North Korea conducts missile tests over the seas between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. All of its previous ICBM launches were local, although on elevated trajectories to avoid the surrounding nations.

Ordinarily, South Korea and Japan do not issue evacuation orders in response to North Korean launches until they are certain that weapons have flown towards their borders.

However, following Thursday's launch, the Japanese authorities advised residents of Hokkaido, the country's most northerly island, to seek safety. The government then apologised and withdrew its missile warning, claiming that its analysis had shown there was little chance a missile might land close to Hokkaido.

Although the reason Japan ordered a missile that didn't land close to the island is unclear, the episode suggests that it was acting cautiously due to North Korea's escalating missile threats.

After promising to upgrade his nuclear weapons in more "practical and offensive" ways, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un launched a missile on Thursday.

About 100 missiles have been fired by North Korea this year and in 2022, many of them carrying nuclear warheads that may reach the U.S. mainland, South Korea, and Japan.