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During US-South Korea training, North Korea fires a missile into the ocean

North Korea has reportedly launched a short-range ballistic missile into the sea, amid the joint US-South Korea military drills.

The launch was confirmed by South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said it was fired from the east coast city of Wonsan. The missile flew around 430 kilometres (270 miles) and landed in the Sea of Japan.

The US and South Korea are currently carrying out their annual joint military drill known as the Ulchi Freedom Guardian. The exercises, which involve computer-simulated drills, are seen by Pyongyang as a provocative act of war.

The launch comes days after North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the sea and threatened to carry out further launches in response to the US-South Korea military drills.

The launch is the latest in a series of recent missile tests by North Korea, which has been trying to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the US mainland.