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S.Korea: N.Korea launches 2 projectiles

South Korean military authorities say North Korea has launched what appear to be two rockets into the Sea of Japan.

The authorities say the first took off at 6:50 AM and the second at 8 AM on Wednesday from its east coast.

They said the projectiles traveled about 180 kilometers and landed in the Sea of Japan.

North Korea also fired what appeared to be rockets last week, and two short-range ballistic missiles on Sunday.

The South Korean government believes that the North is trying to develop guided missiles with an extended range.

The latest launch comes a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping visits South Korea for talks with President Park Geun-hye.

South Korean military authorities say the North appears to be repeating launches to try to put pressure on China.

Jul. 2, 2014 - Updated 02:12 UTC