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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea missiles rattle South and Japan as US stays calm

Pyongyang may be testing out new technology rather than provoking, analysts say

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observes the firing of suspected missiles in this image released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on March 22, 2020. (File photo by Reuters)

SEOUL -- North Korea's breaking of its 12-month hiatus on ballistic missile testing has rattled neighbors South Korea and Japan, while the U.S. appears to be less concerned.

The isolated nation launched two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan from South Hamgyong Province in the country's east early Thursday.

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