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2017/11/29 12:20

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The following is the first summary of major stories moved by Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday.

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(7th LD) N. Korea fires ICBM, triggers int'l outcry

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea fired an apparent long-range ballistic missile from an area north of Pyongyang on Wednesday after a 75-day hiatus in its provocations, drawing a strong condemnation from the international community.

Launched from the vicinity of Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province, at around 3:17 a.m., the projectile traveled 960 kilometers at an apogee of around 4,500 km, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

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(2nd LD) S. Korean president vows strong measures against N. Korean missile launch

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in strongly condemned North Korea's latest missile launch Wednesday, vowing to ramp up sanctions and pressure on Pyongyang.

"I strongly condemn North Korea for staging such reckless provocations," Moon said in an emergency meeting of the National Security Council held hours after the communist state launched what was believed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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(3rd LD) Moon, Trump vow to seek further sanctions against N. Korea

SEOUL/WASHINGTON -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed Wednesday to maintain maximum pressure and sanctions against North Korea, strongly condemning the communist state's latest long-range missile launch staged earlier in the day.

The agreement came in a telephone conversation held only hours after Pyongyang fired what was believed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, according to Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

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(News Focus) N.K. on course to complete nukes with another ICBM test: experts

SEOUL -- North Korea's latest launch of what appears to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) seems intended to sharpen its weapons technology for the goal of completing its development of a long-range nuclear missile, and more launches are expected to follow in coming months, experts said Wednesday.

The North's test of what was apparently a Hwasong-14 ICBM also indicates that Pyongyang will stick to its schedule for developing ICBMs in order to take the upper hand in potential future talks with the United States, they said.

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(LEAD) Top diplomats of S. Korea, U.S. pledge strong diplomatic efforts after N.K. missile test

SEOUL -- The top diplomats of South Korea and the United States had an emergency phone conversation Wednesday on North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch and pledged to make all diplomatic efforts to denuclearize the country, the foreign ministry said.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson talked for 20 minutes earlier in the morning and had an in-depth discussion about their future response to the missile test, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

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(2nd LD) N. Korea missile launch to have limited impact on financial market: finance minister

SEJONG -- North Korea's latest missile launch is expected to have a limited impact on South Korea's financial market, but authorities vowed to take swift actions, if necessary, to cushion any fallout from the latest provocation, Seoul's top economic policymaker said Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, North Korea fired an apparent long-range missile from an area north of Pyongyang, resuming its provocations after a 75-day lull, according to the South Korean and U.S. militaries.

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