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(2nd LD) N. Korea fired apparent ballistic missile late Friday: S. Korea

All Headlines 01:04 July 29, 2017

(ATTN: UPDATES with presidential official's remark in 4th para)

SEOUL/WASHINGTON, July 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile into the East Sea late Friday, South Korea's military said.

The missile was launched from Jagang Province, northern North Korea, at around 11:41 p.m., according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The launch was immediately reported to President Moon Jae-in, who is convening an emergency meeting of his national security team at 1 a.m. Saturday, it said.

"President Moon gave an emergency order to convene the National Security Council as soon as he was informed of the missile launch, judging that the situation surrounding North Korea's missile provocation is no light matter," a presidential official told Yonhap on condition of anonymity.

In Washington, the Pentagon said it detected the missile launch and was carrying out assessments to determine the details, according to Reuters.

The launch comes only weeks after the communist nation test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching parts of the United States, including Alaska.

Earlier this week, some foreign media reported that the North appeared to be preparing for another test of an intermediate range or intercontinental ballistic missile.

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