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North Korea fires ballistic missile in latest act of aggression

North Korea fires ballistic missile in latest act of aggression

INDEPEDENT – JEREMY B. WHITE

North Korea has fired an unidentified ballistic missile, according to South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff.

The missile flew eastward and the South Korean military is analysing details with the US, Yonhap news agency said.

The apparent launch marks the latest escalation of a global standoff with an increasingly assertive North Korea. The nuclear-armed hermit state has repeatedly displayed its military prowess in recent months, combining ballistic missile launches with threats of destroying Japan, the United States and the US territory of Guam. It tested a powerful hydrogen bomb for the first time.

Diplomatic constraints have failed to halt North Korea’s belligerence, with the country forging ahead with military tests despite successive rounds of United Nations sanctions targeting the country’s economy.

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