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Latest North Korean Missile Test Fuels New Concern

Jul 28, 2017 | 16:20 GMT
This latest missile launch is North Korea's first since its landmark July 4 test of an apparent Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile.
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North Korea's drumbeat of missile tests remains steady. After days of anticipation, the country appears to have test-fired a missile from Jagang province shortly before midnight July 28. Leaks to the media the week prior indicated that South Korean and U.S. officials were tracking preparations for a new test. Speculation swirled that it would be timed around July 27, the 64th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War. The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed that it had detected a ballistic missile launch but is still assessing the situation. The Japanese government said the missile flew for around 45 minutes before landing in the Sea of Japan, inside Japan's exclusive economic zone. In response, South Korean President Moon Jae In and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened emergency meetings. Statements and assessments about the test will begin to emerge from the United States, South Korea and Japan in the...

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