North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile off its east coast

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Pyongyang: North Korea has fired a suspected ballistic missile off its east coast, its first known test since June, South Korean military officials have said.

It came after a US aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea to participate in joint drills, and ahead of a planned visit by Vice President Kamala Harris.

Seoul said the launch was an “act of grave provocation”.

The UN prohibits North Korea from ballistic and nuclear weapons tests.

South Korea’s military said it detected a short range missile fired at just before 07:00 local time (11:00 GMT) close to Taechon, more than 100 km (60 miles) north of Pyongyang. It said it flew about 600 km at an altitude of 60 km.

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