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North Korea Launches Missiles in Latest Test-fire

Image: A South Korean army soldier looks through a pair of binoculars at a military check point
A South Korean army soldier looks through a pair of binoculars at a military check point at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border with North Korea, South Korea, Sunday, July 13, 2014. North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea on Sunday, South Korea said, the latest in a series of test-firings seen as expressions of anger over the North's failure to win talks on receiving outside aid, and over U.S.-South Korean military drills.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)Ahn Young-joon / AP

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SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea on Sunday, South Korea said, the latest in a series of test-firings seen as expressions of anger over the North's failure to win talks on receiving outside aid, and over U.S.-South Korean military drills. The missiles, believed to be of Scud variations, were fired from the North Korean city of Kaesong near the border with the South and had a range of about 311 miles, said a South Korean military official.

North Korea experts said it was highly unusual for Pyongyang to fire missiles from a city just 12 miles from the heavily fortified border separating the two Koreas. The North usually test-fires missiles launched from its eastern port city of Wonsan, about 80 miles from the border. "It is remarkable that missiles were fired from Kaesong, a symbol of North-South cooperation," said professor Yang Moo-jin of Seoul's University of North Korean Studies. North Korea regularly conducts test-firings, but this year has seen an unusually large number of launches.

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