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Tanks carry what are believed to be cruise missiles in a North Korean military parade on April 15.   © Kyodo

Behind Pyongyang's missile-testing binge

Flexing muscles while keeping door open to dialogue

KENICHI YAMADA, Nikkei staff writer | North Korea

SEOUL -- North Korea launched several cruise missiles into the Sea of Japan on Thursday, marking a fourth straight week of tests involving five different types of projectiles in a likely effort to showcase its military might.

The missiles were fired at around 6:18 a.m. from the eastern city of Wonsan, according to sources including the South Korean military. They reached a maximum altitude of about 2km and traveled roughly 200km northeast before falling into the sea.

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