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After a two-month hiatus, North Korea launched a ballistic missile toward the east

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North Korea launched a ballistic missile eastward on early Wednesday Pyongyang time, according to various reports.

The launch's exact target and trajectory are thus far unknown. It is also unclear if the missile was of the intercontinental variety or a shorter range model. It is the latest in a series of provocative missile tests by the Kim Jong-Un regime, the last of which took place in September. If confirmed, this would be the 20th ballistic missile launched by North Korea this year.

"North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile eastward from the vicinity of Pyongsong," said the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff in a statement, as reported by the New York Times.

Japanese defense forces detected possible activity in North Korea in the last 24 hours. Pentagon officials are currently examining what kind of missile was launched and where it landed.

Further details to follow.

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