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North Korea Does It Again

Another projectile launch from the nation's east coast
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2019 4:59 PM CDT
People watch a TV showing an image of North Korea's a multiple rocket launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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(Newser) – North Korea has grabbed the world's attention with yet another missile launch into the Sea of Japan, CNN reports. What was likely a short-range ballistic missile (or two, per the AP) went airborne Thursday US-time, Friday in Pyongyang, and resembled a double-shot of short-range missiles earlier this week. Seems North Korea is venting over South Korea's pending military exercises with the US and its plan to buy F-35 stealth fighters. The launch occurred as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attended ASEAN meetings this week in Thailand, per ABC News. Pompeo said Thursday that Washington remains "ready" to continue denuclearization talks with North Korea and is "optimistic that that will happen before too long." (Read more North Korea stories.)

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