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SEOUL — North Korea fired at least one short­range bal­lis­tic mis­sile yes­ter­day that landed in the sea off its east coast, the lat­est in a fast­paced se­ries of mis­sile tests de­fy­ing world pres­sure and threats of more sanc­tions.

The mis­sile was be­lieved to be a Scud­class bal­lis­tic mis­sile and flew about 450 km, South Korean of­fi­cials said. North Korea has a large stock­pile of the short­range mis­siles, orig­i­nally de­vel­oped by the Soviet Union.

The launch fol­lowed two suc­cess­ful tests of medium­ to long­range mis­siles in as many weeks by the North, which has been con­duct­ing such tests at an un­prece­dented pace in an ef­fort to de­velop an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile (ICBM) ca­pa­ble of hit­ting the main­land United States.

North Korea was likely show­ing its de­ter­mi­na­tion to push ahead in the face of in­ter­na­tional pres­sure to rein in its mis­sile pro­gramme and “to pres­sure the [South Korean] gov­ern­ment to change its pol­icy on the North”, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesper­son Roh Jae­cheon said.

— Reuters.

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