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    According to US intelligence, North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from its east coast.

    North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile, US Intel Confirms

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    According to US intelligence, North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from its east coast.

    The missile flew approximately 500 miles before crashing into the ocean, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

    The launch comes one day after the United States implemented harsh new sanctions against Pyongyang over its January nuclear test and February satellite launch, which was seen as a veiled attempt to demonstrate Pyongyang's ballistic missile capabilities.

    The DPRK fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea earlier this month following the implementation of new UN sanctions.

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    • michael
      and again, Sputnik beats the bbc to the draw! :)
    • Mother Gorilla
      It is not clear what this means: was it a test, or was it really aimed at someone, probably the US?, was it just a dummy or a real nuclear/ other really dangerous device?
    • Is it because I am black?
      Maybe Putin should talk to North Korea and thereby earn the eternal gratitude of the blundering US?
    • Pentagonisabeast
      Pentagon will cry crocodile tears over this so expect Washington to pour more billions into this.
    • siberianhusky
      Just a reminder to the Pentagoons to think first about invading us.
    • Kim is just teasin the US and ROK and even Japan. :)
    • kasivasantha
      This is like the USA throwing the rock from the glass house.
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