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North Korea Fires Suspected ICBM as Biden Wraps Up Asia Tour

  • Missiles flew toward waters off eastern coast, Seoul says
  • Kim Jong Un firing off missiles at record pace this year
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North Korea appears to have fired an intercontinental ballistic missile Wednesday in a defiant show of force just hours after US President Joe Biden wrapped up a visit to the region, testing his efforts to strengthen defense ties with South Korea and Japan.

South Korea said a suspected ICBM reached an altitude of about 540 kilometers (335 miles) and traveled a distance of about 360 kms. The flight was far shorter than its last ICBM test in March of a missile that reached an altitude of 6,200 kilometers and traveled 1,080 kilometers to splash down in the sea west of Japan.