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The Latest: Seoul Says N. Korean Weapons Were New Missiles

The Latest: Seoul Says N. Korean Weapons Were New Missiles

Thursday, 25 July 2019 07:38 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea firing short-range missiles into the sea (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

South Korea says the two weapons North Korea fired on Thursday were a new type of ballistic missile.

South Korea's presidential office issued the assessment after a national security council meeting.

Seoul said earlier based on analysis of the launches that one missile flew 690 kilometers (430 miles) and the other 430 kilometers (270 miles) before landing in the waters off the east coast.

The presidential office says national security council members expressed "strong concerns" about the launches because they won't be helpful for an effort to ease military tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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2:20 p.m.

South Korea says one of the two North Korean missiles flew 690 kilometers (430 miles), longer than initially suspected.

South Korea earlier said both missiles flew about 430 kilometers (270 miles) before landing in the waters off the country's east coast on Thursday.

South Korea's military later said it and the United States had determined the second missile flew longer.

It says it still categorizes both missiles as short-range.

10:25 a.m.

Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says North Korea's missile test launches are probably a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Iwaya told reporters Japan is still analyzing what type of missiles North Korea fired into the sea early Thursday. South Korea's military says they were two short-range missiles, leading some observers to suggest they were not a major provocation but rather the North's warning of what may happen if the nuclear negotiations with the U.S. fail.

Iwaya says, "If they were ballistic missiles, they violate the U.N. sanctions, and I find it extremely regrettable."

10 a.m.

Japan's Defense Ministry says it has not found any flying objects reaching the Japanese territory or its 200-mile exclusive economic zone from the North Korean launch of two short-range missiles.

The ministry has not detected signs that Thursday morning's missile launches posed any immediate threat to Japan's national security.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says the missiles fired from around the North's eastern coastal town of Wonsan flew about 430 kilometers (270 miles) before landing in the waters off the country's east coast.

7 a.m.

South Korea says North Korea has launched two identified projectiles into the sea off its east coast.

The South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectile launch came from an area near the eastern city of Wonsan on Thursday.

It said the projectiles flew 430 kilometers.

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