North Korea fired a missile toward Japan just days after the U.S. and Japan urged the country to end its missile program.
Experts told CNN the test was likely a technical failure. But they added these missile launches also have political motivations.
Broadly speaking, the experts say the launches could be timed to send a message to other countries as well as help North Korean leader Kim Jong-un gain support back home.
South Korean analysts were expecting some kind of military provocation. Kim Jong-un's late father's birthday is on the 16th, and in two weeks, the U.S. and South Korea are set to begin their largest-ever joint military exercises.
The test came as U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Florida. In a joint statement, Abe called the test "absolutely intolerable." Trump kept his response to one sentence.
"The United States of America stands behind Japan, a great ally, 100 percent," Trump said.
The Trump administration is said to be undergoing a complete review of existing policies on North Korea.