North Korea has tested a banned intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), capable of reaching the US. This will be the first time the secretive state is making the test since 2017, South Korea and Japan say.Japanese security officials said the missile flew 1,100 km (684 miles) and fell in Japanese waters after flying for over an hour on Thursday, March 24.The test of ICBMs, designed for nuclear arms delivery, is seen as a major escalation by the North and has been condemned by the US. Thursday's missile appeared to be newer and more powerful than the one North Korea fired five years ago, reaching an altitude of more than 6,000km (3,730 miles), according to Japanese officials.Outgoing South Korean President Moon Jae-in condemned what he said was a "breach of the suspension of intercontinental ballistic missile launches promised by Chairman Kim Jong-un to the international community".South Korea's military responded with five missile tests of its own, from land, sea and air. The United States condemned the North for a "brazen violation" of UN Security Council resolutions."The door has not closed on diplomacy, but Pyongyang must immediately cease its destabilising actions," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. . North Korea tests banned intercontinental missile capable of reaching US Follow Linda Ikeji Blog.