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North Korea fires missiles in its 7th weapons test in a month

Seoul, Aug 24 (efe-epa).- North Korea on Saturday launched two projectiles off its east coast that appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles in its seventh weapons test of this type in less than a month, according to South Korean military.

The projectiles were launched towards the Sea of Japan - called the East Sea in the two Koreas - from North Korea's South Hamyong province at 6.45 and 7.02 am on Saturday, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

The missiles flew around 380 kilometers (236 miles) at the maximum altitude of 97 kilometers, the South Korean military said in a brief statement.

The South Korean military believes that the projectiles were short-range ballistic missiles based on the data collected about the distance, their speed and the maximum altitude they achieved.

Pyongyang's last weapon test took place on Aug. 16 and was the sixth in a series of launches carried out from North Korea's eastern coast, involving projectiles which are thought to be short-range missiles.

Seoul believes that the fresh round of tests by Pyongyang, which began on Jul. 25 after a gap of a year and a half, is aimed at improving new models of short-range ballistic missiles.

As Saturday's projectiles flew at a higher altitude than the earlier tests, the South Korean military has not ruled out the possibility of Pyongyang having tested a new type of missiles, local news agency Yonhap reported citing a military source.

The North had claimed that some of the earlier tests were aimed at perfecting a "large-caliber multiple-launch guided rocket system and were meant to be "a solemn warning" to South over its joint military exercises with the United States, which ended earlier this month.

These tests took place amid attempts by Pyongyang and Washington to revive negotiations on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

In recent weeks, North Korea has intensified its criticism against Seoul and Washington due to the joint drills and said it had no intention of resuming dialog while its two adversaries indulged in "military threats."

On Friday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho in a statement warned the US that maintaining its sanctions on Pyongyang would be a mistake and lashed out against the policies of Washington and its Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. EFE-EPA

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