North Korea fires long-range missile as U.S., South Korea prepare for drills


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North Korea on Saturday fired a long-range missile from its capital into the sea off Japan, according to its neighbours, a day after it threatened to take strong measures against South Korea and the U.S. over their joint military exercises. According to the South Korean and Japanese militaries, the missile was fired on a high angle, apparently to avoid reaching the neighbours’ territories, and travelled about 900 kilometres (560 miles) at a maximum altitude of 5,700 kilometres (3,500 miles) during an hourlong flight. The details were similar to North Korea’s Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile test flight in November, which experts...