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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea fires suspected ballistic missiles, Japan says

South Korea says at least one projectile was fired toward Sea of Japan

North Korea on March 24 said it had test-fired four cruise missiles of two types, with leader Kim Jong Un admonishing Seoul and Washington to stop a "reckless" military exercise.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- North Korea fired two suspected ballistic missiles on Monday, with the projectiles believed to have fallen in the sea outside of Japan's exclusive economic zone, the Japanese government said.

There were no reports of damage to aircraft or ships, according to the government. The South Korean military also said at least one missile was fired toward the Sea of Japan.

The launches came after recent joint military exercises carried out by South Korea and the United States, including the 11-day Freedom Shield exercise through last Thursday. It was the first large-scale springtime military drill in five years.

North Korea said Friday it test-fired two days earlier four cruise missiles of two different types, with leader Kim Jong Un warning Seoul and Washington they should stop "reckless" anti-North Korea war drills, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.

It also said it tested earlier last week a new underwater nuclear attack drone it claims can generate radioactive tsunami to destroy enemy ships and ports, according to state-run media.

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