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North Korea should refrain from raising tension

North Korea has again tried to raise military tension on the Korean Peninsula by testing long-range cruise missiles. The North's state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Monday that the launches took place Saturday and Sunday.

The agency said new cruise missiles traveled for about 126 minutes and successfully hit targets 1,500 kilometers away. It added that the launches were part of the North's efforts to develop strategic weapons under its current five-year military buildup plan.

Cruise missiles are not subject to U.N. Security Council sanctions against the North, although the country is banned from developing ballistic missiles. However, we must express concern as well as regret over the cruise missile test, because such a weapon poses a security threat to South........

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