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A woman walks by a TV news program showing images of North Korean missile launch, published in the country's Rodong Sinmun newspaper, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 15, 2017. North Korea said Monday the missile it launched over the weekend was a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. A jubilant leader Kim Jong Un promised more nuclear and missile tests and warned that North Korean weapons could strike the U.S. mainland and Pacific holdings. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the waters off of its east coast


A week after it tested an intermediate-range missile to advance its weapons program, North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea just off its east coast on Sunday, reports Reuters

The missile was launched from an area northeast of the capital of Pyongyang, where North Korea unsuccessfully attempted to launch a different missile last month. 

The missile flew around 310 miles and landed outside of Japan's exclusive economic zone with no damage to ships or airplanes. 

An official travelling with President Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia said that the White House is aware of the missile launch, but also noted the missile had shorter range than those previously tested by North Korea. 

China had no immediate comment on the launch while South Kore and Japan immediately called meetings. 

"The flight range was 500 km and South Korea and the United States are closely analyzing additional information," South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

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