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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea says it test-fired new hypersonic missile

Development of weapon system boosts defense capability, says KCNA

A recording of North Korea firing what appeared to be ballistic missiles is broadcast on TV in Seoul on Sept. 15.   © Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) -- The projectile North Korea fired off its east coast on Tuesday was a newly developed hypersonic missile, state news media KCNA reported on Wednesday, the latest in a series of new weapons tested by the reclusive state.

North Korea fired the missile towards the sea off its east coast, South Korea's military said, as Pyongyang called on the United States and South Korea to scrap their "double standards" on weapons programs to restart diplomatic talks.

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