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Axios May 14, 2017
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North Korea provokes, again

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After North Korea tested another ballistic missile, the White House issued a statement ratcheting up pressure: "With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil — in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan — the President cannot imagine that Russia is pleased.

  • BBC: "The nature of the launch is still being determined, but analysts have said the test could suggest a longer range than previously tested devices."
  • The White House: "North Korea has been a flagrant menace for far too long. ... Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea."

Why it matters: The launch seemed aimed at testing both Trump and the new South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, who took office on Wednesday.