Bloomberg News 
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.
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“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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