By Emily Rauhala,
BEIJING — North Korea has reportedly test-fired a ballistic missile, defying international pressure and potentially moving ahead with a series of efforts to make an intercontinental missile capable of hitting the United States.
The launch was made Tuesday morning from a site in North Korea’s North Phyongan province, the South Korean military said. The missile reportedly flew toward waters off the Korean Peninsula, although it is not yet clear where it landed.
It is also not clear if Tuesday morning’s test was a routine firing of a short-range missile or part of a broader effort to develop longer-range missiles.