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North Korea has fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan. It is the latest test by the rogue regime that has tested patience in Washington.North Korea fired an "unidentified ballistic missile" into the Sea of Japan from a northern province near the border with China, South Korea΄s military said on Tuesday.
"North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile into the East Sea from the vicinity of Banghyon, North Pyongan Province, at around 9:40 a.m. (0040 UTC)," the news agency Yonhap quoted the Joint Chiefs of Staff as saying.
The launch is the latest in a series of missile tests in recent months by the nuclear-armed rogue regime that have raised the prospect of military conflict with the United States.
Japan΄s defense ministry said the missile may have landed in its exclusive economic zone chief Perry South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump met last week for the first time, focusing much of their discussions on how to deal with North Korea. "Together, we are facing the threat of the reckless and brutal regime in North Korea," Trump said. "The nuclear and ballistic missile programs of that regime require a determined response." Moon advocates for engagement with the North but also sanctions, but Pyongyang΄s continued missile tests have threatened that policy.
Trump has sought to enlist China, North Korea΄s main economic partner, to turn the screws on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs, which aim to put a warhead on a ballistic missile capable of striking the United States. However, he has recently shown frustration with China΄s inability or unwillingness to rein in Pyongyang, suggesting recently the era of "strategic patience” was coming to an end.
The United Nations has placed multiple rounds of sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, as well as for its horrendous human rights record.
cw/bw (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)