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rth Korea's fourth missile tested the year piling on diplomatic pressure early Wednesday. But South's military says a ballistic rocket took off from the site of a known submarine base on the Korean Peninsula's east coast. Seoul condemned the launch later that morning.>>
> This is a blunt challenge to a series of UN Security Council resolutions.
And it acts to threaten the peace and safety of the international community, as well as the Korean Peninsula.>> US Pacific command says the weapon was likely a KN-15. A medium ranged missile. That's one of several models the North's been testing over the past few months. All believed to be in pursuit of crafting an intercontinental ballistic rocket that can hit the United States.
Wednesday's launch comes a day before US President Donald Trump sits for talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping where a discussion over how to curb the North's arms program will top the agenda. That includes on whether Trump will make good on his threat to squeeze trade ties with China, twisting Beijing's arm to reign in an unpredictable Pyongyang.
A senior White House official told Reuters, Trump views the North as a test of US China relations. Beijing says it doesn't have that kind of pull with its unruly neighbor.