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North Korea rattles saber as U.S. carrier arrives for drills with South

Ballistic missile fired for first time since June with sub-launched test looming

The USS Ronald Reagan arrives in Busan ahead of joint military drills with South Korea. (Photo by Junnosuke Kobara)

SEOUL -- North Korea's latest ballistic-missile test may have come in response to the first port visit by a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in South Korea in four years.

The projectile launched Sunday is suspected of being a trajectory-shifting short-range missile that Pyongyang has repeatedly tested since 2019. With an estimated range of 800 kilometers, it would be capable of targeting American bases in Japan and South Korea.

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