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North Korea Fires Missiles; S. Korea, Japan Condemn

Saeromi Shin
Bloomberg News [1]
Saturday, July 4, 2009

July 4 (Bloomberg) — North Korea test fired seven short- range missiles today, after similar launches earlier this week, spurring condemnations from South Korea and Japan.

North Korea fired two missiles between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. local time, one at 10:45 a.m., one around noon, one at 2:50 p.m., another at 4:10 p.m. and one at 5:40 p.m., from Kitdaeryong in Kangwon province, the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in statements.



“South Korea’s military is fully prepared to deal with any threats and provocations by the North, based on a strong joint defense alliance with the U.S.,” the statements added.

North Korea fired the missiles off its east cost, Yonhap news reported earlier, citing a government official. The missiles are estimated to have a range of as much as 500 kilometers (310 miles), enough for the North to strike most of South Korea, the Korean-language news agency said.

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