Confirming Pyeongyang's two missile launches, Washington was quick to call the North's activity a threat to the international community.
That was in a statement from the U.S. military's Indo-Pacific Command, which also said that America's commitment to the defense of South Korea and Japan remains ironclad.
Thursday morning, Japan's defense ministry said it believes the missiles landed outside Japanese territorial waters.
And lodging a formal protest through its embassy in China, Tokyo strongly denounced the North's illicit activity as threatening peace and security in the region.
"It is a threat to our country and to regional security. It is also a violation of United Nation Security Council resolutions. We strictly protest and condemn this action."
Prime Minister Suga, while reaffirming Tokyo's close cooperation with Seoul and Washington on regional security, vowed to ensure a safe and secure Olympics and to thoroughly discuss North Korea issues with U.S. President Joe Biden during his visit to Washington next month.
Thursday's launches coincided with the start of the Olympic torch relay in Japan, delayed by a year due to the pandemic.
As for China, state media did report on the launch by the North, but Beijing's foreign ministry seemed to hold back following the recent exchange of letters between the Chinese and North Korean leaders on strengthening bilateral ties.
The Chinese foreign ministry said only that maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula is in accordance with each country's mutual interests.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.