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Friday, 30 March 2012 - 20:39
North Korea tension escalates with missile tests
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North Korea test-fired two short-range missiles off its west coast this week amid an escalation of tension ahead of its planned long-range rocket launch next month.

The North fired what appeared to be two KN-01 ground-to-ship missiles with a range of up to 120 kilometres early Thursday from a missile base near the western port of Nampo.

It also cited an unnamed military official as saying that "the launch is believed to have been executed as a performance test", and was unrelated to North Korea's long-range rocket launch planned for April.

North Korea said this month it would fire a rocket to put a satellite into orbit between April 12th and 16th to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of founding president Kim Il-Sung.

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