North Korea Claims Successful Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile Launch

© REUTERS / James PearsonMissiles are taken on trucks past a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang October 10, 2015
Missiles are taken on trucks past a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang October 10, 2015 - Sputnik International
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North Korea claims it has successfully test-fired a ballistic missile called Hwasong-10, according to Korean Central News Agency.

News of the successful tests comes hours after South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on two failed tests on Wednesday morning that resulted in the missile falling into the Sea of Japan.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches landing and anti-landing exercises being carried out by the Korean People's Army (KPA) at an unknown location, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on March 20, 2016 - Sputnik International
North Korea Fires Second Ballistic Missile Hours After First Failed Launch

"The North launched an unidentified missile from areas near Wonsan at around 5:58 am," the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff told Yonhap earlier on Wednesday.

The DPRK has test fired a number of ballistic missiles in recent months. These have been condemned by the United Nations, with the US, South Korea, China, and Russia urging Pyongyang to tone down the tests.  Harsh new sanctions were put in place in response to earlier tests.

Pyongyang has also claimed to have developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead that could, theoretically, be launched with an intercontinental missile.

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