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North Korea fires ballistic missile


North Korea has fired a ballistic missile, according to South Korean news agency and a US government source.
“North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile eastward from the vicinity of Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province, at dawn today,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, as cited by Yonhap news agency. South Korea and the US were analysing the missile’s trajectory, it added.

A US government source has confirmed the North Korean missile launch to Reuters without providing any further details.

The North Korean missile has apparently landed in waters off Japan within the country’s exclusive economic zone, the Japanese prime minister’s office tweeted.

The launch, if confirmed, would be the first test conducted by Pyongyang since September, when the North fired a ballistic missile over Japan.