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(3rd LD) N. Korea fires ballistic missile: S. Korea

All News 08:06 April 05, 2017

(ATTN: RECASTS lead; UPDATES throughout with JCS's confirmation)

SEOUL, April 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korea launched a ballistic missile Wednesday into the East Sea, South Korea's military said, as the country's presidential office convened an emergency National Security Council (NSC) meeting to discuss the provocation.

"North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the East Sea from a site in the vicinity of Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province, at around 6:42 a.m.," the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

The projectile flew about 60 kilometers, and South Korea and the United States are analyzing additional information, it added, with the exact type of the projectile not confirmed yet.

They added it was fired from the ground, not under the water. The North sometimes launches missiles from submarines near the Sinpo region.

The North's move came ahead of summit talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping later this week.

Two weeks ago, the North test-fired a missile, which ended in failure.

The NSC meeting will open at 8:30 a.m., presided over by Kim Kwan-jin, the national security adviser to Acting President Hwang Kyo-han.

Hwang ordered the nation's troops to strengthen their combat readiness in case of a contingency.



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