Nuclear-armed North Korea said on Tuesday its missile launches were training for a strike on US bases in Japan, as global condemnation of the regime swelled. It was reported by AFP.
Three of the four missiles fired on Monday came down provocatively close to US ally in Japan, in waters that are part of its exclusive economic zone, representing a challenge to US President Donald Trump.
In separate phone calls, Trump -- whose rhetoric on the campaign trail had raised doubts about the issue -- reaffirmed Washington's "ironclad commitment" to Japan and South Korea.
The US will demonstrate to Pyongyang that there were "very dire consequences" for its actions, the White House said in a statement.
The UN Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting for Wednesday after a request by Washington and Tokyo to discuss additional measures following the launch.
Under UN resolutions, Pyongyang is barred from any use of ballistic missile technology, and the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said on Twitter that the world "won't allow" North Korea to continue on its "destructive path".
Earlier it was reported that North Korea fired four projectiles into Sea of Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe considers the launches are clearly in violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions.