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South Korea says North ballistic missile test failed

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SEOUL — North Korea on Tuesday appeared to have tried and failed with a fresh ballistic missile launch in violation of existing UN resolutions, South Korea`s Defence Ministry said.
The defence ministry in Seoul said the missile test took place at around 5:20am (2020 GMT Monday) near the eastern port city of Wonsan.

“The attempted missile launch … is believed to have failed,” a ministry spokesman said.

The UN measures ban North Korea from any use of ballistic missile technology, although it regularly fires short-range missiles into the sea off its east coast.

Tensions have been running high on the divided Korean peninsula since the North`s fourth nuclear test in January, followed by a long-range rocket launch the following month.

“We are analysing and closely monitoring the situation and maintaining a watertight defence posture,” he added.

The ministry declined to speculate on the type of missile, but the South`s Yonhap news agency quoted military sources saying it was understood to be a medium-range Musudan missile.

In April, the North failed three times to test-fire a Musudan, which has an estimated range of anywhere between 2,500 and 4,000 kilometres (1,550 to 2,500 miles).

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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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