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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea fires missile over Japan in farthest-ever test

Japan's Kishida, South Korea's Yoon slam Pyongyang's fifth launch in 10 days

A man watches a news report on North Korea firing a ballistic missile over Japan in Seoul on Oct. 4.   © Reuters

TOKYO/SEOUL -- North Korea launched what is believed to be its farthest missile test on Tuesday, firing a ballistic device over northern Japan into the Pacific Ocean.

The first launch over Japan in five years is part of a clear escalation by the isolated nation ahead of the Chinese Communist Party's congress later this month and U.S. midterm elections in November.

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