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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea's missile volleys linked to U.S. carrier's path

Analysis suggests Pyongyang showing ability to respond as vessel redeploys

A missile thought similar to those fired in recent days is launched by North Korea in 2019. (Photo by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency via Reuters)

SEOUL -- The timing of North Korea's missile firings in recent weeks could be explained by the itinerary of a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier operating in the region, a Nikkei analysis shows.

On Thursday, Pyongyang fired two short-range missiles into the sea, making for a barrage of 10 projectiles launched since late September.

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