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North Korea fires four short-range 'projectiles'; 2 fly more than 200km for 1st time

Published on Jul 30, 2014 9:04 PM
Smoke rises during a rocket firing drill of the strategic force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on July 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea fired four short-range projectiles towards the sea on Wednesday in the latest of a series of missile, rocket and artillery tests, the South's defence ministry said.

The latest launches began at 7.30am at a site near Mount Myohyang, north-east of Pyongyang, with two fired in the morning and another two in the afternoon, all towards the Sea of Japan (East Sea), the ministry said.

"The type of the projectiles is not known," a ministry spokesman told AFP. "The test of two projectiles launched in the morning appeared to be unsuccessful because they just flew for several seconds, while two other projectiles fired in the afternoon travelled for up to 210km," he said.

The last one fired at 6pm may have fallen in an inland area after flying about 130km, the spokesman said. The ministry declined to confirm a Yonhap news agency report that the North might have tested new 300mm multiple rocket launchers in an effort to increase their range. It was the first time such a projectile has travelled more than 200km, Yonhap said.

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