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North Korea reportedly fires ballistic missile from north of Pyongyang


SEOUL — North Korea has fired an unidentified ballistic missile eastward from an area north of the capital Pyongyang, Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday, citing South Korea’s military.

“North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile eastward from the vicinity of Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province, at dawn today,” the country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

South Korean and U.S. officials are analyzing the trajectory, Yonhap reported.

The launch comes a little more than a week after President Donald Trump re-designated the country as a state sponsor of terrorism as part of the United States’ “maximum pressure campaign” to isolate Pyongyang over its nuclear activities.

North Korea fired ballistic missiles in August and September that flew over the northern island of Hokkaido before falling into the Pacific Ocean. Under its leader Kim Jong Un, North Korea also conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3, prompting worldwide condemnation.


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