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N. KOREA TESTS ANOTHER MISSILE OVER JAPAN SEA

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North Korea, facing growing hostility over its secretive nuclear program, has test-fired another anti-ship missile over the Sea of Japan, a Japanese government source said on Friday.

The source said North Korea fired the missile, believed to be an upgraded version of the Chinese-designed Silkworm, over the Sea of Japan on Thursday.It was the second known test-firing by the Stalinist state of an anti-ship missile this week. Tokyo and Washington had separately said North Korea fired the first one into the Sea of Japan on Tuesday.

The Japanese source played down the significance of the tests.

"They are just anti-ship missiles. It is not rare to see North Korea test-launching such missiles," he said. "But we will pay close attention to what is going on there."

Meanwhile, the United States is conferring with South Korea and Japan to prepare U.N. economic sanctions against North Korea after inspectors found the country erased vital evidence about its nuclear weapons capability.

"We are focused on sanctions as the logical next step," Assistant Secretary of State Robert Gallucci said Thursday.

South Korea and Japan, as neighbors of communist North Korea, are uneasy about cracking down on the Pyongyang government, which already has declared that sanctions would be considered an act of war.

In addition, the United States needs the support of China, a longtime ally of North Korea, to get a sanctions resolution through the U.N. Security Council.