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N. Korea conducts third missile test in 10 days

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea test-fired what are believed to have been two short-range ballistic missiles on Friday, the general staff of the South Korean armed forces says.

The launches came after North Korea's Foreign Ministry accused the U.S. of "provocation" for imposing further sanctions on Pyongyang for its weapons program and threatened Washington with a clear response.

The test was the third carried out by North Korea within 10 days. South Korea's National Security Council expressed its "deep regret" about North Korea's continued missile launches.

Pyongyang said the rockets were "tactical guided missiles" fired from a train-mounted ballistic missile system, the NKnews website reported, adding that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was not present for the launch.

The missiles reportedly hit a fixed target in the East Sea of Korea.

 

The United States Indo-Pacific Command accused North Korea of destabilizing the region through its "illegal weapons program" and said that it also believed the latest test to have involved ballistic missiles.

—dpa

Prosecutors in Loyd case ‘improper,’ defense expert says

ORLANDO, Fla. — Before jurors unanimously recommended the death penalty for convicted cop killer Markeith Loyd last month, prosecutors told them in closing arguments that a life sentence for the 2017 killing of Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton would be “no punishment at all.”

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