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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea launches apparent ballistic missile into ocean

If confirmed as a ballistic missile, it would be the fourth launch in March

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.    © Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the ocean off its east coast on Sunday, military officials in South Korea and Japan said, the latest in an unprecedented flurry of launches this month.

Two "short-range projectiles" were launched from the coastal Wonsan area, and flew 230 kilometres (143 miles) at a maximum altitude of 30 kilometres (19 miles), South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff reported.

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