North Korea has test fired another Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile.

The move came just hours after the United States and Japan moved to step up sanctions against Pyongyang following its first Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile test earlier this month.

The unusual late-night missile test was detected by South Korean, US and Japanese monitors.

Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the rocket travelled about one thousand kilometers before splashing down in the Sea of Japan.               

The United Nations, European Union and Japan have condemned the latest missile test and termed it a clear violation of UN resolutions.

The UN spokesman Farhad Haq said it is frustrating that the Secretary General's calls for all sides to de-escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula have gone unheeded.

Meanwhile, the United States is likely to conduct another test of a missile-intercept system in Alaska today, which was already scheduled.                   

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