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(Update 2) N. Korea Fires Ballistic Missile into Sea of Japan

(Update 2) N. Korea Fires Ballistic Missile into Sea of Japan

   Seoul/Tokyo, April 2 (Jiji Press)--North Korea fired what is believed to be an intermediate-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan from the Pyongyang area around 6:53 a.m. Tuesday, the South Korean military said.
   The Japanese Defense Ministry said that at least one ballistic missile was launched from North Korea and that the projectile is seen to have fallen into waters outside Japan's exclusive economic zone.
   The South Korean military suspects that North Korea may have fired a hypersonic missile.
   In March, North Korea said that it had successfully conducted a ground combustion test of a solid-fuel engine for a new intermediate- to long-range hypersonic missile. A South Korean military official said the latest launch is believed to be related to the test in March.
   Hypersonic missiles can fly along irregular trajectories at low altitudes at speeds of Mach 5 or more. They are considered difficult to intercept.

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