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North Korea Fires Four Missiles

In what's becoming an almost weekly occurrence, North Korea has freaked out the entire region with yet another weapons test. This time it is a quartet of short range missiles: two ground-to-ship missiles launched from the eastern city of Wonsan on Thursday; a third missile from the east coast; and a fourth missile on which details are not yet available. All four missiles were KN-01 missiles with a range of up to 100 miles, although during the test they only flew 60 miles. The new launches are part of an ongoing campaign of saber rattling that includes threats that North Korea will launch an intercontinental ballistic missile soon over Hawaii, prompting the Pentagon to increase defenses around the island state.