Wednesday, June 22 2016 17:00 EEST
North Korea launched what appeared to be an intermediate-range missile to a high altitude in the direction of Japan
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North Korea missile reaches new heights, 'intensifying' threat to Japan before it plunged into the sea, military officials said, a technological advance for the isolated state after several test failures.

According to 112 UA, the launch came about two hours after a similar test failed, South Korea's military said, and covered 400 km (250 miles), more than halfway towards the southwest coast of Japan's main island of Honshu.

The launches and earlier nuclear tests show continued defiance of international warnings and a series of U.N. Security Council resolutions and sanctions, which North Korea rejects as an infringement of its sovereignty.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also decried North Korea's 'provocative actions.'

'I strongly condemn the launch by North Korea of two ballistic missiles,' Stoltenberg said in a statement.

As reported earlier by, Nuland visits Ukraine and Russia to discuss implementation of Minsk agreements.

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