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North Korea fired a ballistic missile early Sunday morning from the Kusong region near the country's west coast, the first test since it's failed launch two weeks ago, and the North's first provocative act since South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, took office.

The missile flew 700 kilometers before crashing into the Sea of Japan, according to the South Korean military. Officials are still analyzing launch data to determine the type of missile launched.

"Our military is closely monitoring for provocative movements by North Korea and is maintaining all readiness postures," the South Korean military said in a statement.

The US military detected and tracked the missile, Marine Corps Maj. Rob Shuford, a spokesperson for US Pacific Command said in a statement. "The type of missile is being assessed," Shuford said, adding that "the flight was not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile."

The missile launch did not pose a threat to North America, according to the statement.

The launch comes at a time of heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula, and as the United States attempts to make a show of force in the region to slow the advancement of Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. North Korea has attempted at least nine missile launches since US President Donald Trump took office in January.

But just one day before the launch, a North Korean diplomat said that the country's leader, Kim Jung-Un, would be willing to hold talks with the US "under the right conditions." Trump himself has said he would be "honored" to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un if such a meeting were deemed appropriate.

In South Korea, Moon, the country's new liberal president, met with security officials Sunday to review the launch, calling it a serious provocation, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. Moon, who was sworn into office last week, has advocated direct dialogue with North Korea to deescalate tensions.


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