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North Korean missile launch further constrains South Korean president's options to reinvigorate inter-Korean dialogue, mitigate conflict risks

24 May 2017

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North Korea test-launched a medium-range ballistic missile on 21 May, and on 23 May South Korea fired 90 machine gun rounds at unidentified objects crossing the Military Demarcation Line, likely to have been balloons with propaganda leaflets according to South Korea's Ministry of Defence.

This is the second missile launch since South Korean president Moon Jae-in was inaugurated on 10 May: on 14 May it conducted a test which it said demonstrated the missile's capability to carry a nuclear warhead, although the accuracy of this claim could not be independently verified and North Korea has exaggerated its capabilities in the past.

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