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Pyongyang fires missiles amid nuke talks
(03-26 11:37)

North Korea test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles today, prompting a stern US reaction after US President Barack Obama hosted a landmark Japan-South Korea summit aimed at uniting the three allies against Pyongyang's nuclear threat.
Washington condemned the tests as “troubling and provocative.’’ The US State Department threatened “appropriate measures'' for the violation of UN Security Council resolutions prohibiting North Korea from conducting ballistic missile tests.
South Korea's defense ministry said both missiles flew 650 kilometers into the Sea of Japan, upping the ante after a series of shorter-range launches by the North in recent weeks.
Ministry spokesman Kim Min Seok said the speed and range suggested they were Rodong-class missiles with a maximum range of between 1,000-1,500kms.
“This missile is capable of hitting not only most of Japan but also Russia and China,'' Kim said, adding they appeared to have been fired from mobile launchers near Pyongyang.—AFP

   
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