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‘Intolerable provocation’: North Korea’s ‘ballistic missile technology’ launch draws condemnation

North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland.

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