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South Korea and the U.S. report that North Korea has test-fired yet another missile that has failed. It was fired this time from the western part of the country in Pukchang, which is near Pyongyang, according to the AP. The missile broke apart within minutes of launch over land and did not make it to the Sea of Japan, U.S. Navy Commander Dave Benham told CNN.

The missile was likely a medium-range missile according to a U.S. official. South Korea couldn't confirm whether the missile had exploded minutes after launch.

The context: Earlier today Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for more sanctions on the North and a tightening of existing sanctions, while China said its commitment to the North's denuclearization "rock firm" even though tensions are at a "critical point" in the region.

Trump's reaction: "North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!"

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