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North Korea 'conducts ballistic missile test"

10:02 Sun Feb 12, 2017

Taken from/By: BBC News
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North Korea has fired a ballistic missile, South Korea’s military says, in the first such test since Donald Trump took office as US president.

The missile was launched at 07:55 local time (22:55 GMT on Saturday) and flew east towards the Sea of Japan for about 500km, South Korean officials say.

Pyongyang has conducted a number of nuclear tests in the past year.

North Korea’s repeated missile and nuclear tests and aggressive statements continue to alarm and anger the region.

Sunday’s launch took place from the Banghyon air base in North Pyongan province on the west side of the Korean peninsula.

A US defence official quoted by Reuters news agency said Washington “can confirm that we did detect a missile launch from North Korea”.

A White House official said that President Trump had been briefed on the launch.

South Korea’s foreign ministry said that “North Korea’s repeated provocations show the Kim Jong-un regime’s nature of irrationality, maniacally obsessed in its nuclear and missile development”.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile had not reached Japanese territorial waters, adding that Tokyo would make a “strong protest” to North Korea over the incident.

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