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North Korea fires mid-range ballistic missiles into sea, says South Korea

Published on Mar 26, 2014 7:34 AM
 

SEOUL (REUTERS) - North Korea fired two mid-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast and towards Japan early on Wednesday, South Korea's military said as the leaders of South Korea, Japan and the United States (US) discussed North Korea's arms programmes.

The missiles, which appeared to be Rodong class, were launched from an area north of Pyongyang and flew about 650km before dropping into the water, said an official at South Korea's office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who asked not to be named.

The North likely launched the missiles to drop short of its maximum range, which is believed to be more than 1,000km and enough to hit much of Japan, "mindful of neighbouring countries' reaction", the official said, without elaborating.

Wednesday's launch came on the day Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met South Korean President Park Geun Hye and US President Barack Obama.

 
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