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North Korea Defies Missile Ban With Launch Before UN Speech

  • Second test of ballistic missile in less than two weeks
  • Launch comes before speech by North Korea envoy in New York
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North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile just as its envoy was preparing to address the United Nations, in a pointed gesture of defiance against international resolutions meant to prevent such launches.

The projectile was fired from the northern province of Jagang around 6:40 a.m. local time and landed in waters to the east, South Korea’s military said, without elaborating. The missile’s trajectory -- rising about 30 kilometers (20 miles) into the atmosphere and falling 200 kilometers away -- differed from previously known North Korean launches, the Yonhap News Agency reported, adding later that the military analysts were examining whether it was a new high-speed weapon.