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The North fired what appeared to be two KN-01 ground-to-ship missiles with a range of up to 75 miles early Thursday from a missile base near Nampo, Chosun Ilbo newspaper said.

Although Pyongyang frequently times such short-range tests as shows of force during periods of tension, Chosun Ilbo quoted an unidentified Seoul government official as saying the launch was apparently aimed at improving the weapon’s performance and not related to the scheduled rocket launch.

From combined dispatches