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North Korea fires ‘multiple rocket launchers’: Seoul

SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea fired multiple rocket launchers yesterday, Seoul said, the latest in a series of provocations by the nuclear-armed nation to heighten tensions in the region.

Pyongyang launched a string of banned weaponry this year and tested what it claimed were components of a “reconnaissance satellite” – although Seoul and Washington have described them as a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system.

“There were shots suspected to be from North Korea’s multiple rocket launchers this morning,” said the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a text message to reporters.

“Our military is maintaining our defence readiness while closely following related developments,” it added, without further detail.

Four shots were fired into the western waters during a span of an hour from 7.20am from an unspecified location in South Pyongan province, Yonhap news agency reported.

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