Short-Range Missile Launched By North Korea

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North Korea’s latest missile test may have less to do with perfecting its weapons technology than with showing it can strike at will against South Korea and U.S. forces in the region.

South Korean and Japanese officials say the suspected Scud-type short-range missile flew about 280 miles before landing in Japan’s maritime economic zone Monday.

Many of the North’s launches are aimed at improving its technology as the country seeks to build nuclear-tipped ICBMs that can reach the U.S. mainland.

But North Korea’s short-range missiles have already proven reliable. This sets up the potential that Pyongyang is trying to emphasize its defiance of the U.S.

Japanese officials said North Korea would be discussed with Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi, who is scheduled to visit Japan later Monday.

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