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    Japan intends to cooperate with the international community, including Russia and China, to increase pressure on North Korea amid a fresh missile launch, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said.

    North Korea carried out a ballistic missile test late on Friday. The Russian Defense Ministry said that the North Korea missile appears to be not an ICBM as the US, Japan and South Korea believe, but "a medium-range ballistic missile based on its technical characteristics."

    Earlier in the day, the Pentagon said that the US military assessed that North Korea’s missile launch on Friday was an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) that traveled 1,000 kilometers.

    "We condemn North Korea in the harshest terms. We intend to cooperate closely with the international community, including the Unites States, South Korea, China and Russia to increase pressure on North Korea," Japan's Abe told reporters as broadcast by the NHK broadcaster.

    On July 4, North Korea announced it had successfully launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile, saying it traveled 580 miles and reached an altitude of 1,740 miles during its 39-minute flight before accurately hitting a targeted area in the Sea of Japan. The test immediately prompted sharp criticism from the international community.

    Following the launch, the Russian Defense Ministry disputed Pyongyang's claim, saying the missile's flight parameters indicated it reached an altitude of 535 kilometers (332 miles) and traveled 510 kilometers before falling in central Sea of Japan. However, US officials believe that Pyongyang had successfully launched an ICBM for the first time.

    after its first successful ICBM test as North Korea and the US describe it.


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