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North Korea successfully test-fires new ballistic missile

North Korea successfully test-fires new ballistic missileNorth Korea said on Monday it had successfully test-fired a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile a day earlier, claiming further advancement in a weapons program it is pursuing in violation of United Nations resolutions.

This is reported by [url=http://]Reuters[/url].

North Korea fired the ballistic missile on a high arc into the sea early on Sunday.

The North's state-run KCNA news agency said leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test of the Pukguksong-2, a new type of strategic weapon capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

The United States, Japan, and South Korea requested urgent U.N. Security Council consultations on the test, with a meeting expected on Monday afternoon, an official in the U.S. mission to the United Nations said.

Japan said on Monday further sanctions against Pyongyang could be discussed at the United Nations, and called on China to take a "constructive" role in responding to the latest launch.

North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests, including two last year, although its claims to be able to miniaturize a nuclear weapon to be mounted on a missile have never been verified independently.
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