A TV screen shows a file footage of the missile launch conducted by North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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North Korea looked to ratchet up already elevated tensions on the Korean peninsula still further Thursday, firing a pair of short-range missiles and announcing the liquidation of all remaining South Korean assets on its territory.The moves were a direct response to unilateral sanctions announced by South Korea Tuesday to punish the North for its January nuclear test and last month's long-range rocket launch.The North also reacted furiously to the start earlier this week of large-scale South Korea-U.S. military drills, threatening preemptive nuclear strikes against both Seoul and the U.S. mainland.The South suspended the tours in 2008 after a North Korean soldier shot dead a female tourist from the South who strayed into a restricted zone.With the exception of Kaesong, economic cooperation between North and South effectively ended in 2010 after a South Korean naval corvette was sunk by what Seoul said was a North Korean submarine.
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