The missile seems to have been equipped with a new, high-powered engine that was tested at the Tongchang-ri launch pad in remote North Pyongan Province in mid-March.
Concern has grown about the possibility that the reclusive communist neighbor will test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile in the coming months.
Over the weekend, Spicer issued a statement saying North Korea's test missile hit close to Russian Federation, and that "the president can not imagine that Russian Federation is pleased". And it also lifts scientists in the authoritarian nation who are working to build an arsenal of missiles with nuclear warheads that can reach the US mainland.
Aside from Pyongyang's space launches, Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in the United States told AFP: "This is the longest-range missile North Korea has ever tested".
Japanese officials said Sunday that the missile flew for a half hour and reached an unusually high altitude before landing in the Sea of Japan.
North Korea has claimed that the missile it tested on Sunday was a new type of rocket capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead.
Beyond sanctions, there are few diplomatic options to contain North Korea, and the United States will have to take the lead, Ruggiero said.
The start of the summit coincided with North Korea firing a ballistic missile from a region near its west coast that flew 700km in 30 minutes and dropped in the sea between the North's east coast and Japan.
The North Korean state news agency KCNA quoted Kim Jong-un as saying, "if the United States were to face our republic with a harsh, miserable blunder, the USA would not be able to suffer the greatest disaster ever".
If flown on a normal trajectory, the missile fired by North Korea Sunday morning would have a range of up to 4,500 kilometers, according to Wright.
According to a former ambassador to South Korea, North Korea's successful missile test could be an indication that the U.S.is "running out of time" to deal with the rogue nation.
Tensions between the United States and North Korea reached a peak in recent weeks, with Washington saying military action was an option under consideration and Pyongyang issuing threats of its own.
(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man). People watch a TV news program showing an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, published in the country's Rodong Sinmun newspaper, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 15, 2017.
Under UN resolutions, North Korea is barred from developing nuclear and missile technology, with six sets of sanctions imposed on the isolated regime since it first tested an atomic device in 2006.
The Department of Defense is still carrying out an assessment of the nature of the missile test, the Pentagon Spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters at a Washington Foreign Press Center news conference. The session had been requested by the United States and Japan on Sunday, shortly after North Korea's test launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile.
On January 17, 2016, the US Treasury Department announced the sanctioning of eleven individuals and entities associated with Iran's ballistic missile program.
Photos of the new missile show fins near the nose cone, indicating the weapon may be capable of maneuvering to defeat missile defenses.
Even before North Korea gave its account of what happened, the launch caught the eye of experts.
"The president expressed deep regret over the fact that this reckless provocation ... occurred just days after a new government was launched in South Korea", senior presidential secretary Yoon Young-chan said. Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea.