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new round of North Korean ballistic missile launches, triggering anger from Japan on Monday. Pyongyang fired off four rockets in the early hours, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says, three of them landed within Japanese waters. According to South Korea, the missiles traveled around 1,000 kilometers, or 600 miles.
Seoul says it's unlikely they were long range, intercontinental missiles, but that needs to confirmed. As Reuter's James Pierson explains, the world's watching for that worrying milestone.>> North Korea has stepped up its missile testing, to unprecedented levels in the last couple years or so. And a lot of missile analysts basically agree, that they are headed on the path towards developing a full ICBM.
And luckily for us, that test wasn't today. They looked like fairly standard missiles within the North Korean arsenal. So in that sense, it is perhaps a normal show of force at a time when South Korea and the United States are also conducting a show of force and joint military exercises.
>> Pyongyang swore retaliations for the drills last week, but war games aren't the only thing that may have Kim Jung Yun on the defensive.>> This comes at a time when there's still a debate in South Korea about the fact, that the missile system is designed to stop a North Koreans from a missile strike.
And it also comes in the middle of China's congress, and whether or not that timing is deliberate from the North Korean perspective, it is, at least, going to spark some kind of debate behind the scenes.>> Monday's launches the second since US President, Donald Trump took office. The New York Times reports, Trump's staff have looked at a range of options to counter the North's missiles, including direct missile strikes on Pyongyang's launch sites and reintroducing nuclear weapons to the south.
According to the Times, that list will soon be presented to the president.