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North Korea fires ballastic missile, may have landed in Japan exclusive economic zone

Tuesday July 4, 2017 9:45 AM, Agencies

South Korea Missile

North Korea launched a missile on Tuesday that may have landed in Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Japan's NHK public television said, quoting the defence ministry.

The launch would be the latest in a series by North Korea since the start of the year and comes just after US President Donald J Trump spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the issue.

The projectile, which the South Korean military also described as a ballistic missile, was launched from the North's western region, Reuters reported.

The "unidentified ballistic missile" was fired from a site near Banghyon in North Phyongan province, the South's military said in a statement, and came down in the East Sea, the Korean name for the Sea of Japan, according to AFP.

North Korea launched the ballistic missile on Tuesday just days after Seoul's new leader Moon Jae-In and U.S. President Donald Trump focused on the threat from Pyongyang in their first summit, the South's military said.

Pyongyang has carried out multiple launches since Moon — who backs engagement with the North but also stresses the need for sanctions — was elected in May.

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