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North Korea fires short-range ballistic missile off western Japan

North Korea fires short-range ballistic missile off western Japan

He said South Korea's military was analyzing how many missiles were fired, indicating that more than one may have been launched.

On May 14, North Korea fired what analysts called its most successful test ever in its quest to develop ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear warheads.

The North's nuclear and missile programs are perhaps the biggest foreign policy challenges to the new leaders in allies Washington and Seoul. US officials say the missile was likely a KN-17, a new Scud-type missile.

Japan lodged a protest against the North's latest missile launch, which appeared to have landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone.

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The United States has said it was looking at discussing with China a new U.N. Security Council resolution and that Beijing, Pyongyang's main diplomatic ally and neighbor, realizes time was limited to rein in the North's weapons program through negotiations.

South Korea says North Korea has conducted nine ballistic missile tests this year, but Seoul counts four launches of what's believed to be the same kind of missile that were done on the same day as a single launch.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who just returned from a G7 meeting in Italy, told reporters that "North Korea's provocation by ignoring repeated warnings from the global society is absolutely unacceptable". Mattis refused to comment in detail, when asked if there was a theoretical red line, or a point of no return for North Korea, that would force the U.S.to intervene militarily.

"We will maintain high vigilance in coordination with South Korea and the worldwide community and take all possible measures to secure the safety of the people of Japan".

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The officials agreed that Japan, the United States and South Korea will "continue to work closely and respond in a decisive manner" against North Korea's "provocative acts", the ministry said.

North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile that landed in Japan's maritime economic zone Monday, officials said, the latest in a string of test launches as the North seeks to build nuclear-tipped ICBMs that can reach the USA mainland.

It has tested Scud-type short-range missiles many times in the past, most recently in April, according to USA officials.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference the launch is also a "clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions" prohibiting North Korea from such activities. On May 21, it also launched the Pukguksong-2 ballistic missile, also known as the KN-15, which flew about 500 km before falling into waters off its east coast.

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The 27-year-old was able to fend the attacker off, who then fled, and later said she was "shaken, but fortunate to be alive". Kerber appeared to get back into the match when she recovered one break but the German immediately dropped her serve again.

On Tuesday, the United States will test an existing missile defense system to try to intercept an ICBM, the first such test, officials said last week.


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