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The Latest: Kerry consults with Japan, SKorean counterparts

The Latest on North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket (all times local):

3:45 a.m.

The State Department says Secretary of State John Kerry has called the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan to discuss North Korea's rocket launch using ballistic missile technology.

According to a department statement, Kerry reaffirmed for both foreign ministers in conversations Sunday the United States' "ironclad commitment to the security and defense" of its allies and said the launch "threatened international peace and security."

It said Kerry emphasized the importance of a "united international response to North Korea's provocations,...

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