North Korea Leader, Kim Jong-Un Photo: Twitter

Agency Report

Nuclear hungry North Korea has fired another ballistic missile from a region near its west coast, according to South Korean military.

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The missile was said to have been launched near the city of Kusong, north-west of the capital, Pyongyang.

North Korea has carried out a series of missile tests this year, increasing tensions with the United States.

Pyongyang has accelerated its nuclear and missile tests in recent years, despite international condemnation and UN sanctions.

Two missile tests last month both failed, with the rockets exploding just minutes into flight.

The North is believed to be continuing efforts to miniaturise nuclear warheads and fit them on long-range missiles capable of reaching the US.

But despite poor relations, North Korea recently said it would hold talks with the US “if the conditions were right”.

The comments, by a senior North Korean diplomat, came after US President Donald Trump said he would be “honoured” to meet the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un.