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N Korea at crossroads

North Korean 'projectile' fails after launch: South Korea military

Suspected missile fired from air base outside Pyongyang

File footage of South Korean news report on North Korea firing a ballistic missile on Feb. 27: North Korea has conducted nine missile tests as of March 5.   © Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea fired an "unknown projectile" on Wednesday which appeared to fail immediately after launch, South Korea's military said after Japanese media reported a suspected missile launch by the nuclear-armed North.

The launch comes after the United States and South Korea warned that North Korea may be preparing to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at full range for the first time since 2017.

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