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North Korea Fires Missile


North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan for the first time since 2017, according to Japanese officials yesterday. The missile flew approximately 2,800 miles—the longest traveled by a North Korean test missile—over the country before landing in the Pacific Ocean Tuesday morning local time, prompting Japan to issue shelter warnings and pause train operations. The news comes after North Korea recently escalated its ballistic missile tests, including a test ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to the demilitarized zone last week. The country has conducted nearly two dozen missile tests this year, with five in the last 10 days. Only seven have ever flown over Japan. South Korean intelligence also reported last week North Korea is preparing for its seventh nuclear test. See a breakdown of North Korean missiles here. The US and South Korea responded by launching fighter jets and practicing bombing runs in the Yellow Sea.

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