"We can never tolerate that North Korea trampled on the worldwide community's strong, united resolve toward peace that has been shown in UN resolutions and went ahead again with this outrageous act", Abe told reporters in the aftermath of the launch. The worldwide community adopted new measures on 11 September which put in place the most stringent UN sanctions regime placed on any nation in the 21st century.
'We will stand by our ally as Brexit continues to take shape.
Mr Tillerson earlier met Prime Minister Theresa May and the pair agreed to keep up the worldwide pressure on North Korea at Downing Street talks today.
"Yet another illegal missile launch by North Korea", Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tweeted.
This morning's talks focused on the global threat from North Korea and Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.
On the Iran nuclear deal, which is viewed sceptically in Washington, May was "underlining its importance in preventing Iran from procuring nuclear weapons", the spokesman said.
"These continued provocations only deepen North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation".
'They agreed on the importance of the global community continuing to work together to put pressure on the regime'.
"We had hoped for a much stronger resolution", Tillerson said of the latest U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea, which the United States supported in the face of Chinese opposition to stronger sanctions.
The aim of the meeting - attended by the UN envoy for Libya Ghassan Salamé and representatives from France, Italy, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates - is to "discuss how to break the political deadlock in Libya", Britain's foreign ministry said.
The Foreign Secretary, who had just returned from a trip to see the devastation in the Caribbean, set out the UK's efforts to support its overseas territories. "Close coordination with our allies is vital for both the short-term and long-term recovery efforts", Johnson was quoted as saying Wednesday ahead of the meeting.