PM joins leaders to condemn North Korea

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has joined other world leaders in condemning North Korea after the rogue state fired an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Mr Albanese joined leaders from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea to call for the United Nations Security Council to have an emergency meeting on the matter.

The missile landed near Japanese waters on Friday and showed a potential ability to reach and to strike the entire US, Japan has said.

Mr Albanese met his colleagues on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Bangkok in a multi-lateral meeting called by US Vice President Kamala Harris.

South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo, Japan's president Fumio Kishida, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also took part.

Mr Albanese said North Korea's provocation violated multiple UN resolutions and must stop.

"The nature of these missiles is that they are long range ... (and) threaten the security of the entire region," he told reporters in Bangkok.

"This action does threaten our security, it does destabilise the region and this is precisely the reason why the UN Security Council was established."

Ms Harris said the United States strongly condemned North Korea's actions which "unnecessarily raises tensions".

"Together the countries represented here will continue to urge North Korea to commit to serious and sustained diplomacy," she told reporters.

Mr Albanese earlier called the missile launches reckless and unprecedented.

"We stand with the world and indeed with our allies in opposing and condemning this action in the strongest possible terms," he said.

"We stand ready to be part of a global response to this."

with Associated Press