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Seoul: North Korea fires 3 short-range projectiles


By HYUNG-JIN KIM
Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea fired three short-range projectiles Thursday into the waters off its east coast, a South Korean defense official said. The move was most likely a routine test-firing, but the official said it could also be meant to stoke tensions with Seoul.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of department rules, said the projectiles flew about 190 kilometers (120 miles) before harmlessly landing in the water. The projectiles were fired from North Korea's eastern port city of Wonsan, and the South Korean military was investigating the type of projectiles and the North's intentions, the official said.

Short-range test firings by North Korea aren't unusual, but a barrage of missile and artillery tests earlier this year boosted animosity between the rivals.

North Korea has in recent months threatened South Korea's leader, calling her a prostitute, and the South has vowed to hit North Korea hard if provoked. North Korea's rising anger coincided with annual joint military exercises by the U.S. and South Korea and a visit to Seoul by President Barack Obama. North Korea also test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles and exchanged artillery fire with South Korea near a disputed boundary in the Yellow Sea.

There was also widespread speculation about a possible North Korean nuclear test. North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests since 2006, the latest in February 2013.

Experts believe North Korea has developed a handful of crude nuclear devices and is working toward building a warhead small enough to mount on a long-range missile, although most experts say that goal may take years to achieve.

The Korean Peninsula is still technically in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

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john June 26 2014 at 11:12 AM

he is so lucky a real man isnt the president of the USA !!!

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Meh... June 26 2014 at 9:53 AM

This guy is like a kid. He cries and throws a fit when he is not the center of attention. He is like the annoying pimple of planet Earth. You just wish he would go away, but you know in the end you will have to pop him.

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pdbliz Meh... June 26 2014 at 1:24 PM

SOUNDS LIKE democrats in WASHINGTON

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stevenjonessales Meh... June 26 2014 at 1:35 PM

No, more like the Boner republicans and his sheep.

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mark9mm June 26 2014 at 12:24 PM

nuke the north, end of story

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adika3z mark9mm June 27 2014 at 2:08 AM

wish north korea with south korea become ONE KOREA.
no more north / no more south

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Welcome Justin June 26 2014 at 9:43 AM

See, these are the type of situations we need to be worried about, not Russia annexing people who want to be annexed to be free of a facist regime we backed after toppling a democratically elected gov. Ukraine is irrelevant; North Korea however, has the desire, and possibly the ability to conduct nuclear strikes. Which is more important ? Gas flow into Europe, or a radical regime hellbent on "punishing" America ?

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songdragon99 June 26 2014 at 10:50 AM

Good grief, this guy keeps asking to be flattened.

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MICHAEL songdragon99 June 26 2014 at 11:27 AM

a martyrs death is what he wants.

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biffcove June 26 2014 at 10:42 AM

Little sawed off sh--t Sooner or later he'll get something he does not want!

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barryaclarke biffcove June 26 2014 at 11:21 AM

I hope for "little fat boy" it’s a massive myocardial infarction………

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CGEquity June 26 2014 at 10:30 AM

when Clinton was in office , he gave the china and korea the missle guidance system. He told G E not lock up the labs and tech suport of our systems to our worst nightmare and its out of controll sister countries.We all should be scared !

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ram4131 June 26 2014 at 9:19 AM

Oh Kimmy----You remind me of the little punk in my neighborhood that used to break the streetlights, and shoot cats with his BB gun. You got a spankin' coming boy.

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tren555 ram4131 June 26 2014 at 11:05 AM

It's about Clinton and/or al Gore !
Not Limbough !
Al gore got 1000 LBS also.

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poker25005 tren555 June 27 2014 at 1:29 AM

Nope you got that one ass backwards. It's about Limbaugh and all his right wing cronies that are crooks.

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Sandy June 26 2014 at 9:41 AM

Remember we have troops over there. Let's pray or hope for peace.

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soccer_sucks June 26 2014 at 10:18 PM

Why dont we round up all the illeagal's and ship them over there

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