South Korean man, 33, killed by North Korean missiles

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A 33-year-old South Korean citizen has been killed by a North Korean missile fired by Pyongyang, the South’s National Intelligence Service said Sunday.

The National Intelligence Agency said the unidentified man was killed by the Hwasong-12, an intermediate-range ballistic missile that North Korea has tested twice since late last year.

The Hwasongs-12 was launched Sunday in an apparent attempt to intimidate South Korea, the country’s top military ally, and further complicate its efforts to secure a peaceful reunification with the North.

The South has long insisted that the North should refrain from further provocations against its neighbors.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday it has launched an investigation into the incident, but did not specify what kind of evidence was being examined.

North Korea has vowed to destroy South Korea as well as Japan, which hosts a U.S. military base and a large American base.

The North says it has a nuclear weapons program and a long-range missile capable of hitting the U.N. Security Council.

The U.K. said Saturday that it is sending an aircraft carrier and four destroyers to the Korean Peninsula to bolster its anti-missile defenses.