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This footage released by North Korean state media depicts a Pukguksong-2 mid-range ballistic missile.   © Reuters
North Korea Crisis

North Korea defies world again with missile launch

Third shot in three weeks comes days after G-7 warning

HIROSHI MINEGISHI and YOSUKE ONCHI, Nikkei staff writers | China

SEOUL/TOKYO -- By firing its third missile in as many weeks Monday, the North Korean regime has defiantly signaled its intent to advance its ballistic and nuclear programs by taking advantage of the conflicting stances adopted by Western allies versus China and Russia.

The suspected Scud missile, which splash-landed within Japan's exclusive economic zone, was launched ahead of next month's joint military exercises by the U.S. and South Korea. Planned as one of the largest such drills ever, it will be conducted just off the Korean Peninsula and will include the American nuclear-powered aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan and USS Carl Vinson.

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