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(LEAD) N. Korea fires unidentified projectiles: JCS

All Headlines 17:21 May 09, 2019

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SEOUL, May 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea fired unidentified projectiles from an area where one of its missile bases is located Thursday, just five days after launching a barrage of projectiles into the East Sea, South Korea's military said.

The projectiles were fired from the Sino-ri area, in an easterly direction, around 4:30 p.m., the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a release. Sino-ri, about 77 km northwest of Pyongyang, is where the North has a base of medium-range Nodong missiles.

JCS did not provide further details, including where the projectiles landed. But they could have flown all the way across North Korean territory before crashing into the East Sea.

The latest firing came as officials from the United States and Japan were visiting South Korea, including U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun, to explore ways to resume stalled nuclear talks with the communist country.

This file photo provided by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a U.S.-based think tank, shows North Korea's Sino-ri missile operating base. (Yonhap)

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