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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea fires ballistic missile, marking fourth in a week

Object fired from the east coast, Seoul says

A picture showing what North Korea claims to be a "new type" of intercontinental ballistic missile in a March 2022 test-firing. (KCNA via Reuters)

SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward the sea off the east coast on Saturday, South Korea's military said, marking Pyongyang's fourth launch in a week as it ratchets up tension around the Korean peninsula.

The launch comes after the navies of South Korea, the United States and Japan staged trilateral anti-submarine exercises on Friday for the first time in five years, and follows a visit by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris to the region this week.

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