North Korea launched an apparent ballistic missile on Wednesday, Japan and South Korea said, as the nuclear-armed country continues an “extremely high frequency” of missile tests amid speculation of a looming longer-range launch.

Japan’s Defense Ministry said that the missile had traveled 500 kilometers (310 miles), while hitting a maximum height of 800 km and landing in the Sea of Japan outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, which extends 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers) from its coast.

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