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N Korea at crossroads

What intel pact? Japan flaunts North Korea missile analysis

Rapid release of information aims to downplay rift with Seoul

North Korea has tested 18 missiles since May, adding to tensions in East Asia.   © KCNA via Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan is working to prove to the international community that its ability to detect and analyze North Korea's missile launches will not be compromised by the expiration of an intelligence-sharing pact with South Korea.

Tokyo's capabilities were put to the test early Tuesday when North Korea launched two projectiles from South Pyongan Province around 7 a.m. They flew as far as 330 km, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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