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© Reuters. The footage was captured by a television broadcaster. It showed North Korea shooting what seemed to be two missiles at its east coast. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

By Josh Smith

SEOUL (Reuters) – The missiles fired by North Korea on Wednesday were a test of a new “railway-borne missile system”, state news agency KCNA reported on Thursday.

KCNA reported that the missiles flew for 800 km (or 497 miles) and struck a target at sea near North Korea’s eastern coast.

The launch was announced by South Korean authorities and Japanese authorities on Wednesday. It came just days after North Korea tested a missile capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

According to the KCNA, this test was carried out by a railroad-borne missile regiment.

According to KCNA, Pak Jong Chon was a North Korean Marshal who is also a member the Presidium the Politburo ruling Workers’ Party. He oversaw the testing.

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