Washington slammed Pyeongyang's missile launch as a threat to the regime's neighbors and the international community, reiterating its long-held stance against such actions.
Just hours after Tuesday's launch, the U.S. State Department said in a statement that "the launch is in violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions" and called on the North "to engage in dialogue."
That response is consistent with what the U.S. said after the North's ballistic missile launch two weeks ago, a strategic move to stay firm on the regime.
"The Biden administration has been consistent in its North Korea policy ever since the policy rollout in May. The U.S. is reiterating that it won't be swayed by the North's actions."
The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command also said that the latest launch highlights the destabilizing impact of the North's illicit weapons programs, adding that the U.S. commitment to the defense of South Korea and Japan remains ironclad.
Japan was quick to react too, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga saying the missile fired by the North appeared to be ballistic, and that Tokyo has stepped up its vigilance and surveillance.
China is yet to comment, but watchers note Beijing is likely to issue its usual commentary.
"Rather than criticizing the North, China will ask related countries to stay put and resolve the issue through dialogue."
The expert added that Beijing, based on its defensive attitude toward the North, could even mention a halt to the Seoul-Washington joint military drills and the lifting of sanctions against Pyeongyang.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.