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North Korea Fires Suspected Missile Days Before South’s Vote

  • Japan says ‘ballistic’ missile had an apogee of about 550 km
  • Missile fired toward sea off nation’s east coast: South Korea
A television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on March 5.

A television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on March 5.

Photographer: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images

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North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile Saturday, ramping up tensions just days before South Korea holds a presidential election and as global attention is diverted toward Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

North Korea fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile from an area near Pyongyang’s international airport at 8:48 a.m. toward the sea off the country’s eastern coast, according to South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff. The projectile flew about 270 kilometers (168 miles) and reached an altitude of around 560 km, the JSC said in a later statement.