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North Korea fires three ballistic missiles, US confirms

Three ballistic missiles were launched by North Korea early on Tuesday. Credit: Reuters

North Korea launched three missiles early on Tuesday into the sea of its east coat, South Korea and the US have confirmed.

US Strategic Command said in a statement it detected the launches over the span of an hour of what it believed were two Scud tactical ballistic missiles and a No Dong intermediate-range ballistic missile.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command determined the missile launches from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America, the statement said.

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Japan 'on alert' over possible North Korea missile launch

Japan has put its military on alert for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch, according to the Kyodo news agency.

The country has also ordered naval destroyers and anti-ballistic missile Patriot batteries to be ready to shoot down any projectile heading for it, the agency added.

But a spokesman for Japan's Ministry of Defence in Tokyo declined to say whether such an order has been issued.

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