North Korea fires 2 short-range missiles into sea: South

North Korea fires 2 short-range missiles into sea: South

Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:2AM GMT

South Korea says neighboring North has fired two short-range missiles into the sea in an apparent move to show its outrage over an upcoming military drill between Seoul and Washington.

South Korea’s Defense Ministry said the missiles were launched on Sunday. The range of the missiles was reported to be around 500 kilometers.

Meanwhile, Japan’s chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga criticized the launch and said Japan filed a protest with North Korea. “This is a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions. The government made a protest through diplomatic channels in Beijing,” Suga said.

The latest missile launch came only a day after North Korea condemned the upcoming joint drill between South Korea and the US. The five-day naval exercise will begin on July 16 and involves the US aircraft carrier George Washington.

“The US should properly understand that the more persistently it resorts to reckless nuclear blackmail and threat, the further the DPRK (North Korea) will bolster up its cutting edge nuclear force for self-defense,” said North Korea’s top military body, the National Defense Commission.

The Sunday launch was the fifth in the past two weeks.

Pyongyang has interspersed the launches with apparently conciliatory moves toward the South, including a recent offer to suspend provocative military activities and slander.

North and South Korea remain technically at war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace deal.

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