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In what military experts say appears to be a North Korean KN-08 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICMB) is paraded across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade on Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea, to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder and grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un. Military analysts say the missiles could one day be capable of hitting targets as far away as the continental United States, although the North has yet to flight test them. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

North Korea fired another ballistic missile but South Korea's new leader responded swiftly


North Korea fired a ballistic missile that flew 430 miles on Sunday local time from a region near its west coast, South Korea's military said. Japan said the projectile flew for 30 minutes and dropped in the sea between the North's east coast and Japan.

The missile launch follows a series of other projectiles fired since President Trump took office in January.

Japan responded immediately to the incident, claiming the firing was violation of U.N. resolutions. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters, "North Korea's repeated missile launches are a grave threat to our country and a clear violation of UN resolutions," 

He added that Japan will stay in close contact with the U.S. and South Korea.

The missile test marked the beginning of a new era for South Korea. The firing was the first under newly-elected liberal President Moon Jae-in, who took office in South Korea on Wednesday following the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye on corruption charges. 

In response, he called an emergency National Security Council meeting, the presidential Blue House noted.

The missile's launch surfaced just about two weeks after a ballistic missile test failed on April 29, which blew up over land in North Korean territory.

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