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North Korea fires 25 rockets into sea

Published on Mar 17, 2014 1:23 AM

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea test-fired 25 rockets into the sea on Sunday, South Korea's defence ministry said, the latest in a series of launches that have provoked criticism from Seoul and Washington.

The rockets were fired off the North's east coast and flew about 70 kilometres over the Sea of Japan (East Sea), a ministry spokesman said.

The ministry said 10 rockets were fired at 6:20 pm (0920 GMT), and eight more at 8:03 pm. Another seven followed, the last at 9:30 pm.

Seoul's military "has maintained a close watch for possible North Korean provocations", the spokesman said.

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