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North Korea fires two short-range missiles into sea off east coast

Published on Mar 3, 2014 9:06 AM

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea test-fired two short-range missiles into the sea off its eastern coast on Monday, the second in a series of launches that Seoul has denounced as a calculated provocation.

"Both missiles flew more than 500 kilometres," a South Korean defence ministry spokesman told AFP.

The range would suggest they were the same as the four Scud missiles the North fired in similar fashion on Thursday - just days after South Korea and the United States launched annual joint military exercises.

The Scuds are at the longer edge of the short-range spectrum, with an estimated reach of 300-800 kilometres - capable of striking any target in the South.

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