N Korea fires three bal­lis­tic mis­siles

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NORTH Korea fired three bal­lis­tic mis­siles off its east coast yes­ter­day, Seoul said, in a new show of force that comes as top world lead­ers meet at the G20 sum­mit in China.

The mis­siles were fired into the Sea of Ja­pan (East Sea) from the North’s Hwangju county, a de­fence min­istry spokesper­son said, sabre-rat­tling that fol­lows a sub­ma­rine-launched bal­lis­tic mis­sile test some two weeks ago.

“They are spec­u­lated to be Rodong mis­siles with a range of 1000 kilo­me­tres [620 miles] and were fired with­out nav­i­ga­tional warn­ing to Ja­pan,” the spokesper­son said in a state­ment.

“North Korea’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile launch is a di­rect vi­o­la­tion of UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions aimed at show­ing off its nu­clear and mis­sile ca­pa­bil­i­ties dur­ing the G20 sum­mit,” he added.

Ja­pan’s De­fence Min­istry said that the three mis­siles are es­ti­mated to have fallen into the coun­try’s Ex­clu­sive Eco­nomic Zone (EEZ) in the Sea of Ja­pan, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment.

“The min­istry ex­presses se­ri­ous con­cern over the mis­sile launches as they pose a grave threat to Ja­pan’s na­tional se­cu­rity,” the Ja­panese state­ment said.

North Korea has con­ducted a se­ries of mis­sile tests this year in de­fi­ance of UN sanc­tions im­posed after its fourth nu­clear test in Jan­uary. The most re­cent was a sub­ma­rine-launched bal­lis­tic mis­sile last month.

The mis­sile, fired from off the north­east­ern port of Sinpo, flew 500km to­ward Ja­pan, far ex­ceed­ing the range of the North’s pre­vi­ous sub­launched mis­siles. –

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