North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile

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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 10, 2016 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, watches a paradefrom a balcony at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. China’s simmering feud with South Korea over the deployment of an American missile defense system is just the latest in a string of foreign policy challenges piling up on President Xi Jinping’s desk as he prepares to host the annual summit of the G20 nations next month. North Korea, Taiwan, the South China Sea and the United States all pose difficult challenges and pose the risk of exhausting China’s crisis management capacity and the ruling Communist Party’s aura of total control. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
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North Korea fired a ballistic missile into its eastern waters Wednesday, U.S. and South Korean officials said, amid worries the North might conduct nuclear or long-range rocket tests ahead of the first summit between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping this week.

The U.S. Pacific Command said it detected and tracked what it assessed as North Korean missile launched from land near the eastern coastal city of Sinpo. The use of solid-fuel missiles is a worrying development because the fuel already being inside the rocket shortens launch preparation times and make it harder for outsiders to detect what’s happening before liftoff.

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