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    The United states is unable to independently confirm the reports of the launch of several short-range missiles by Pyongyang early on Thursday, US State Department spokesperson John Kirby said in a press briefing.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun stated as quoted by the South Korean Yonhap news agency that missiles were fired from the North Korean Wonsan naval base at about 10:00 a.m. local time on Thursday (08:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday).

    “I have seen the reports of these missile shots that they [North Korea] allegedly took. I am actually not in a position right now to independently confirm that they actually did that,” Kirby stated on Thursday.

    The reported launch comes after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Wednesday introducing sanctions against Pyongyang.

    The sanctions came in response to Pyongyang’s January hydrogen bomb test, as well as the launch, a month later, of a long-range rocket to allegedly place a satellite into orbit, in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.

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