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Before the summit between South Korea and Japan, North Korea fires a purported ICBM

North Korea has launched an apparent intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) hours before a summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The missile was launched from the airfield near the east coast city of Wonsan and flew about 1000 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan, according to South Korean and Japanese officials.

The launch comes ahead of a two-day summit between Moon and Abe in Tokyo, which is expected to focus on how to better cooperate in dealing with Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. The two leaders have not yet issued a statement on the launch, but it is likely to be a topic of discussion.