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North Korea fires at least 3 missiles

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  • Greg Cannon
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      North Korea fires at least 3 missiles

      By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press Writer 9 minutes
      ago

      TOKYO -
      North Korea launched a long-range missile Wednesday
      that may be capable of reaching the United States but
      it failed after 35 or 40 seconds, two State Department
      officials said.

      The missile was one of at least three that were fired.
      The two others were short-range missiles. All landed
      in the Sea of Japan, said the Japanese government,
      which was unable to confirm that they included a
      long-range missile.

      The officials in Washington, who spoke on condition of
      anonymity, said the long-range missile was the
      Taepodong-2, North Korea's most advanced missile with
      a range of up to 9,320 miles.

      The launch came after weeks of speculation that the
      North was preparing to test its advanced Taepodong-2
      missile from a site on its northeast coast. The
      preparations had generated stern warnings from the
      United States and Japan, which had threatened possible
      economic sanctions in response.

      The Sea of Japan lies between Japan and the Korean
      Peninsula.

      "North Korea has gone ahead with the launch despite
      international protest," Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo
      Abe said. "That is regrettable from the standpoint of
      Japan's security, the stability of international
      society, and non-proliferation of weapons of mass
      destruction."

      ___

      AP reporters Larry Margasak in Washington and Edith M.
      Lederer at the United Nations contributed to this report.
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