A man stands near a screen showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with a report of North Korea's missile launch, in Tokyo Monday, May 29, 2017. (Yu Nakajima/Kyodo News via AP)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test of a new ballistic missile controlled by a precision guidance system and ordered the development of more powerful strategic weapons, the North's official KCNA news agency reported Tuesday.The missile launched Monday was equipped with an advanced automated pre-launch sequence compared with previous versions of the "Hwasong" rockets, North Korea's name for its Scud-class missiles, KCNA said. That indicated the North had launched a modified Scud-class missile, as South Korea's military has said.Monday's launch followed two successful tests of medium-to-long-range missiles in as many weeks by the North, which has been conducting such tests at an unprecedented pace in an effort to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the mainland United States.A South Korean military official said the North fired one missile Monday, clarifying an earlier assessment that there may have been more than one launch.
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