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South Korea Warns North to Stop Missile Launches

Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- North Korea fired a short-range missile into the Sea of Japan on Monday, marking the third straight day the country has launched similar rockets in the area, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

The latest missile comes after the North launched one on Sunday, Yonhap reports. Three others were fired on Saturday.

North Korea's committee in charge of inter-Korean relations says the recent firing of short-range rockets are part of a regular military drill.

Following Sunday's launch, South Korea called North Korea's action "deplorable" and "provocative."  Seoul warned that it had placed "dozen of [Israeli-made] Spike missiles and their launchers" on its border islands, adding, "They can destroy [North Korea's] underground facilities and can pursue and strike moving targets."

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also remarked, "We are very concerned about North Korea's provocative actions."  He called on Pyongyang to return to talks on suspending its nuclear program although the regime of leader Kim Jong-un has made no move in that direction.

In April, there were fears that North Korea was ready to conduct another mid-range launch but it's likely China intervened in the matter upon U.S. urging.

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