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South Korean president convokes National Security Council over North’s missile launch

November 29, 2017, 1:30 UTC+3 SEOUL

According to South Korea’s Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff, the launch was carried out at 03:17 local time from the South Pyongan Province toward the Sea of Japan

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SEOUL, November 29. /TASS/. South Korean President Moon Jae-in will hold an emergency session of the National Security Council over a ballistic missile launch carried out by North Korea on Tuesday (local time Wednesday), the presidential administration said.

"The president will hold an emergency meeting with the National Security Council members at 06:00 Seoul time [00:00 Moscow time)," the presidential administration said in a brief statement.

According to South Korea’s Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff, the launch was carried out at 03:17 local time [21.17 Moscow time] from the South Pyongan Province toward the Sea of Japan.

The missile covered the distance of 960 km, at the altitude of up to 4,500 meters.

According to the South Korean military, those data indicate that an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was launched.

Seven minutes after the North Korean launch, South Korea’s military have delivered a "precision strike" on practice targets at one of its training grounds in an apparent demonstration of its ability to promptly strike North Korean military and command facilities in response if necessary.

This is North Korea’s first missile launch after a 75-day pause.

In July, North Korea made two test launches of ballistic missiles. On August 29 and September 15, it launched two missiles which flew over Japan and on September 3 it announced a successful test of a hydrogen bomb.

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