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European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini talks to the media as she arrives at the EU Summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Vidal

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, said missile launches by North Korea on Tuesday were a "clear and grave violation" of Pyongyang's international obligations.

"Following its illegal nuclear test on 6 January, this latest act by (North Korea) will heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula and undermine the peace and security of the wider region," she said in a statement.

North Korea earlier on Tuesday fired three ballistic missiles that flew between 500 and 600 km (300-360 miles) into the sea off its east coast, the latest in a series of provocative moves by the isolated country.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the missile launches were "deeply troubling".

(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska, editing by Larry King)

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