- Analysts confirm new North Korean missile could reach US' Pacific military base
- Missile struck off the coast of Russia, prompting a response from President Putin
(CNN)North Korea's missile test on Sunday was the country's most successful yet, according to analysts, who say Pyongyang may now have a weapon capable of hitting a key US military base in the Pacific.
Why does this test matter?
Could North Korea launch a nuclear missile?
Will this provoke Russia?
Russia doesn't want North Korea to have nuclear weapons, but the response from officials in Moscow has been minimal because they know Russia isn't one of Pyongyang's targets.
Striking near Russia does not mark a new phase in North Korea's missile and nuclear ambitions. The Sea of Japan, or the East Sea, is not far from Russia's Vladivostok, so it's far more likely that Sunday's missile was just somewhat off target. It's highly doubtful that North Korea would intentionally send a warning shot at Russia.
Russia is one of the few countries that has diplomatic relations with North Korea. While Russia and North Korea don't have strong trade ties, they are building on their economic relationship.