North Korea Tests Ballistic Missile

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North Korea has tested a short-range ballistic missile as a US aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea for joint military exercises.

It was launched on Sunday from the western town of Taechon and flew 370 miles (600km), said the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, before landing off North Korea’s east coast.

The launch is the latest provocation from Kim Jong Un’s regime and appears to be timed to coincide with the arrival on Friday of the nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan in the region.

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America’s Indo-Pacific Command said the launch posed no “immediate threat to US personnel or territory, or to our allies” but showed the “destabilising impact” of the North’s unlawful weapons programme.

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