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

All Headlines 05:17 November 29, 2017

(ATTN: UPDATES with flight distance, NSC meeting, other details in paras 3-6)

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea fired a ballistic missile from an area north of Pyongyang early Wednesday, resuming its provocative act after a 75-day lull, according to South Korea's military.

"North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile into the East Sea from the vicinity of Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province, at around 3:17 a.m. today," the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

The missile flew some 960 kilometers at an apogee of around 4,500 km, it added.

The Japanese government reportedly said the missile flew for 50 minutes and apparently landed in its exclusive economic zone.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in convened a National Security Council (NSC) meeting to discuss the issue, according to his office, Cheong Wa Dae.

The South's armed forces also conducted a "precision strike" missile launch near the Northern Limit Line in the East Sea starting at around 3:23 a.m. in response to the North's provocation, said the JCS.

It marked the North's first ballistic missile launch since Sept. 15, when it fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan.

North Korea fires a Hwasong-12 ballistic missile on Sept. 15, 2017, in this file photo. (Yonhap)


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