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North Korea fires ballistic missile


North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile, the latest in a series of launches that have ratcheted up tensions over its quest to develop weapons capable of hitting the United States.

The short-range missile flew for six minutes before landing in the Sea of Japan, the US Pacific Command said, adding it was working on a more detailed assessment.

Seoul’s joint chief of staff said that the unidentified missile was fired from near the North Korean coastal city of Wonsan.

South Korea’s new President, Moon Jae-In, has ordered a meeting of the national security council to assess the launch, Yonhap reported.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today condemned North Korea’s latest missile launch and vowed action along with other nations to deter Pyongyang’s repeated provocations.

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