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This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 12, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (front L) inspecting the command of Korean People's Army (KPA) Unit 534. AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read KNS/AFP/Getty Images)
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North Korea launched two missiles off its eastern coast, says South Korea

Pyongyang has at least four previous attempts to launch Musudan missile this year

(CNN) —  

North Korea fired two missiles Wednesday morning from its eastern coast, according to South Korean and U.S. officials.

Both are believed to be Musudan intermediate-range missiles, fired from the North Korean port city of Wonsan, said Cmdr. Dave Benham, spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Command.

“According to the U.N. Security Council resolution, any launches that involve ballistic missile technology are a violation of the treaty and we think this is clearly a provocation towards us,” South Korea’s Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon Hee said at a regularly-scheduled press briefing.

The Musudan is an intermediate-range missile with a strike range of 2,500 to 4,000 kilometres (1,553 to 2,485 miles).
The Musudan is an intermediate-range missile with a strike range of 2,500 to 4,000 kilometres (1,553 to 2,485 miles).

The first missile flew 93 miles (150 kilometers), and is considered a failed launch, according to a South Korean military official.

The second missile traveled 249 miles (400 kilometers) and the data is still being analyzed by the South Korean military, the official told CNN.

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North Korea has made at least four previous attempts this year to test this type of missile.

Both missiles were tracked over the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, “where initial indications are they fell,” Benham said. Benham said the missile launches did not pose a threat to North America.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that his country could “never forgive” the test, which he stressed was in violation of U.N. resolutions.

“We can never forgive this and lodged a firm protest,” he told reporters from Kumamoto, southern Japan.

“We would like to continue taking a close coordination with the U.S. and South Korea and working on North Korea (at) the United Nations, so that North Korea would not conduct such an action again.”

Japan’s Defense Minister Gen Nakatani told reporters that the first missile launch did not affect the country’s security, but he also called for immediate meetings to take all possible measures to protect Japan. He made the comments before the second missile launch.

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