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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea missile blitz marks vicious cycle of 'fire and fury'

South scrambles jets after detecting about 180 DPRK warplanes north of border

North Korea has fired dozens of missiles in recent days.   © KCNA/Kyodo

SEOUL -- North Korea's round-the-clock firing of missiles, and the South's military response, point to a vicious cycle of retaliation on the Korean Peninsula.

On Wednesday, North Korea fired 23 missiles, marking its busiest day of launches on record. Pyongyang, for the first time since the division of Korea in 1945, shot a rocket south of the de facto maritime border between the two Koreas.

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