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North Korea fires third missile test this year

Pyongyang fired two missiles just hours after criticizing a US push for new sanctions over the previous launches as a “provocation” and warning of a strong reaction.

North Korea has fired at least two ballistic missiles, its third test in two weeks, just hours after criticising a US push for new sanctions over the previous launches.

The short-range ballistic missiles fired on Friday flew 430 kilometres (267.2 miles) and reached the apogee of 36 kilometres (22.4 miles), South Korea’s military said.

The new test comes after the United States imposed new sanctions this week, prompting Pyongyang to vow never to give up its “right to self-defence”.

Japan’s coast guard said it had detected “the launch from North Korea of what appears to be a ballistic missile or missiles at 14h55”.

Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies, said that the timing of the latest suspected test was concerning.

“This situation is worrisome. North Korea launched this test right after releasing a statement saying they are not going to give up their ‘right to self-defenses,'” Yang said.

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