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North Korea fires more test missiles as tensions rise

North Korea Fires More Test Missiles As Tensions Rise


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea fired two short-range missiles into its eastern waters Sunday, a South Korean official said, an apparent test fire that comes just days after the country tested what it called new precision-guided missiles.

The Defense Ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing department rules, said the missiles were fired from Wonsan and are presumed to be short-range ballistic missiles. The official said North Korea fired the missiles without designating no-sail zones, which the South Korean military views as provocative. South Korean media quoted officials as saying the projectiles appeared to be Scud missiles.

North Korea regularly test-fires missiles and artillery, both to refine its weapons and to express its anger over various developments in Seoul and Washington. North Korea has in recent days criticized alleged South Korean artillery firing drills near a disputed maritime boundary in the Yellow Sea that has been the scene of several bloody skirmishes between the rival nations in recent years. The missile displays also come days before the leader of North Korea's only major ally, Chinese President Xi Jinping, is set to meet with South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Seoul and Beijing have long pressed North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions.

North Korea said Friday that leader Kim Jong Un guided test launches of a newly developed precision-guided missiles, in a likely reference to three short-range projectiles South Korean officials say the North fired a day earlier.

It's not possible to tell if this assertion about the new missiles is an exaggeration, something North Korea has frequently done in the past when trumpeting its military capability, analysts say. Its army is one of the world's largest but is believed to be badly supplied and forced to use outdated equipment.

Still, the impoverished North devotes much of its scarce resources to missile and nuclear programs that threaten South Korea, Japan and tens of thousands of U.S. troops in the region. Outside analysts say 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.

After a brief period of warming ties earlier this year, animosity has risen on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea has in recent months threatened South Korea's president, calling her a prostitute, and the South has vowed to hit North Korea hard if provoked. Pyongyang conducted a series of missile and artillery tests earlier this year in response to annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises it says it considers preparations for an invasion. North Korea also test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles and exchanged artillery fire with South Korea near the disputed boundary in the Yellow Sea.

On Thursday, North Korea's army accused South Korea of firing shells into the North's waters near the sea boundary.

Both Koreas routinely conduct artillery drills near the maritime boundary. A North Korean artillery attack in 2010 killed four South Koreans on a front-line Yellow Sea island.

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

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p1943ship June 29 2014 at 3:46 PM

Oh how I wish for another President like Ronald Reagan. He would put a stop to Jong Un's crap.

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and.then.what June 29 2014 at 5:23 PM

North Korea watched how Obama handled Syria, Russia, Iraq, etc.
Little Kim isn't afraid of our boy King.
In fact,
Little Kim is bragging that
Those Obama red crayons were
'made in Korea'....

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derealest June 29 2014 at 5:23 PM

Our president will have a statement after a few days of polling and finding out what valerie jarrett tells him to say.

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twisted8138 derealest June 29 2014 at 10:05 PM

Mitt lost, get over it!

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koen42 twisted8138 June 30 2014 at 12:28 AM

We ALL lost, that's the sad part.

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hynotman twisted8138 June 30 2014 at 5:29 AM

Ok "we" stoopid TEABAGGERS lost!

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coopdabomb June 29 2014 at 5:03 PM

It's a real shame we don't have a real leader. Never have so many walked on the U.S.

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alrdel coopdabomb June 29 2014 at 5:05 PM

Whatever!!!

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hynotman alrdel June 30 2014 at 5:40 AM

GREAT leader... STOOPID PEOPLE!!

Thank GOD you STOOPID PEOPLE TeaNuts are nothing but the loud, obnoxious, racist MINORITY!!

Whine on TeaNutz!!

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savannahswithgod coopdabomb June 30 2014 at 7:35 AM

Aint nobody walking on the US money, action follows after that.

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Gregg June 29 2014 at 5:29 PM

they already have the capability to hit South Korea, Japan and the surrounding area but the libs want to pretend it's no big deal. Party on!

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twisted8138 Gregg June 29 2014 at 10:07 PM

Stop blowing wind up Kims butt and stand up and defend ur country. Party on?, ur probably as useless as a buried potato.

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Mark June 29 2014 at 4:04 PM

All the were big and bad comments. N Korea could send nukes our way and Obama would only draw a line in the sand and then go golfing

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henryusmale June 29 2014 at 3:39 PM

Kim Jong has the little man attitude.
Or Pilsbury Doughboy attitude.
He better quit playing with those firecrackers before he gets his fingers burnt.
He wants the U.S. to respond because we always rebuild where we destroy things.
He needs the help for his life style.

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FRED henryusmale June 29 2014 at 3:45 PM

Not a chance we will respond with any force at all, BO would never show his anger in any way but blaming America for every problem the world has ever known.

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DOUGLAS June 29 2014 at 4:59 PM

Crossing Obama's YELLOW line. So what is new?

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savannahswithgod DOUGLAS June 30 2014 at 7:36 AM

What, Obama laying on his belly again?

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Gene June 29 2014 at 5:01 PM

Thanks to the evil Obama and the evil Democrats and the evil and IGNORANT Democrat voters, every America hating country on the planet is testing the impotence of this sorry America hating president.

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ram4131 June 29 2014 at 4:27 PM

Kim Jong Un reminds me of that kid in high school that broke street lights and shot cats with his BB gun. Real tough guy until we beat his bully ass. BTW----Kim is a girls name.

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Dennis ram4131 June 29 2014 at 5:44 PM

First of all Kim IS NOT just a girl's name. PLUS...it happens to be one of the more common names in Korea. There is an old saying that says: "It's better to have people THINK you're a fool; than to open your mouth, and prove them right." YOU RAM4131 fit into that category quite well.

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