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BREAKING: North Korea Test Launches Missiles

By Judd Legum  

"BREAKING: North Korea Test Launches Missiles"

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One landed in the Sea of Japan, according to an AP report. “Japanese government officials were trying to determine whether it was a long-range ballistic missile that had been readied for launch recently.”

UPDATE: “North Korea launched a long-range Taepodong-2 missile early Wednesday in an apparently unsuccessful test that failed in flight, a senior State Department official said. North Korea also tested at least two smaller missiles, U.S. sources told CNN.”

UPDATE II: A Pentagon official, contradicting the CNN report, tells the AP the long-range missile was not fired. “North Korea test-launched two missiles Wednesday that landed in the Sea of Japan, but a Pentagon official said they were Scud missiles and not the longer-range variety that has been the focus of international concern.” The AP now reports the Taepodong-2 was fired.

UPDATE III: The New York Times says a long rangle missile was fired. “North Korea apparently test-fired several missiles in the early hours of Wednesday, July 5 (Tuesday afternoon Eastern time), including the Taepodong-2, the long-range missile at the heart of diplomatic tensions with the United States and its allies, according to reports by Reuters, The Associated Press, CNN and other agencies.”

UPDATE IV:
CNN now reports there were five total launches, including the long-range Taepodong-2, which failed after 42 seconds.

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