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Anger after North Korea launches 'new missile'

By AP Reporters

North Korea has test-launched a ballistic missile that landed in the adjacent Sea of Japan.

The launch, which Tokyo said could be of a new type of missile, is a direct challenge to the new South Korean President and comes as US, Japanese and European navies gather for joint war games in the Pacific.

It was not immediately clear what type of ballistic missile was launched, the seventh such firing this year.

But Japanese officials said the missile flew for about 30 minutes, travelling about 800km and reaching an altitude of 2,000km - a flight pattern that could indicate a new missile type.

South Korea, Japan and the US swiftly condemned the launch, which jeopardises new South Korean leader Moon Jae-in's willingness for dialogue with the North. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the launch was "absolutely unacceptable".

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