North Korea supposedly fired a ballistic missile from a submarine hours after it agreed to resume nuclear talks with the United States.
If Pyongyang indeed conducted the test it would come as a serious escalation for short-range tests since May.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was quick to condemn the test saying it was a violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions which ban North Korea from the use of ballistic missile technology.
Negotiations have been stalled since the Hanoi summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in February ended without an agreement.
The missile fired today has a high, lofted flight path, reaching an altitude of some 910km. But if fired on a normal trajectory, experts believe it would have had a range of some 1,900km.
For North Korea, a successful test means a significant progress to its ballistic missile programme. But the bigger picture, and somewhat threatening is that Pyongyang escaped tracking systems in the sea and was able to even launch the missile without any detection.
Therefore, this would definitely add strength to the negotiating table when it sits with the U.S. later this week.