North Korea confirms missile test from train

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Pyongyang: North Korea confirmed on Saturday that it test-launched ballistic missiles from a train in what was seen as an apparent retaliation against fresh sanctions imposed by the United States.

North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the drill was aimed at “checking and judging the proficiency in the action procedures” of the missile, adding that the two guided missiles hit a set target in the East Sea.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted its military as saying that the latest projectiles flew around 430km (267 miles) at an altitude of 36km (22 miles) and a top speed of Mach 6 (7,350 kilometres per hour), six times the speed of sound.

The report by the North Korean state media came a day after South Korea’s military said on Friday that it detected the firing of two missiles into the sea by its neighbour country in what has become the third weapons launch this month.

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