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North Korea fires several short-range missiles, Yonhap says

May 04, 4:17 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The South Korean and US military are gathering detailed information about the launch

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© Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

MOSCOW, May 4. /TASS/. North Korea on Saturday fired a barrage of short-range missiles in the direction of the Sea of Japan, the Yonhap news agency reported citing South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

Pyongyang "fired multiple rounds of unidentified missiles from its east coast town of Wonsan in the northeastern direction between 9:06 a.m. and 9:27 a.m. today," the JCS said in a release.

The missiles flew for a range of about 70 km to 100 km.

The Japanese government said these were not ballistic missiles and they did not reach the country’s exclusive economic zone.

In April 2018, Pyongyang announced it was halting tests of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles of various range with the goal of developing the socialist economy and improving living conditions of its citizens. After that last May North Korea eliminated the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, where six underground explosions had been conducted. Between 2016 and 2017, North Korea carried out nearly 40 ballistic missile launches.

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