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The New York Post: North Korea’s ballistic-missile launch viewed as challenge to new president in South

North Korea let loose yet another ballistic missile over the Sea of Japan on Sunday — but this one is being seen as a direct challenge to the newly elected president of South Korea.

The launch now forces the four-day-old presidency of Moon Jae-in to switch priorities from the domestic economic agenda he’d campaigned on to dealing with Pyongyang.

Sunday’s test launch appeared to involve a shorter-range missile, the U.S. Pacific Command told the AP. “The flight is not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile,” a spokesperson said.

North Korea had suffered a spate of embarrassing failures in recent tests of longer-range missiles.

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