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Sep 10, 2019 | 17:52 GMT

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North Korea: Pyongyang Conducts 10th Weapons Test of 2019

What Happened: North Korea test-fired two projectiles into the Sea of Japan early on Sept. 10 local time, Yonhap reported. The missiles flew a distance of more than 330 kilometers (205 miles) at an altitude of 50-60 kilometers, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Why It Matters: Similar to North Korea's previous nine weapons tests in 2019, the latest incident appears to be within the confines of Pyongyang's promises to U.S. President Donald Trump to refrain from testing longer-range systems. The most recent test came just hours after North Korea publicly announced it was open to holding talks with the United States in late September.

Background: North Korea has been conducting routine missile tests in recent months in an attempt to shore up its defenses and strengthen its negotiating position with the United States.

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