DEFIANT NORTH KOREA FIRES SCUDCLASS BALLISTIC MISSILE
SEOUL — North Korea fired at least one shortrange ballistic missile yesterday that landed in the sea off its east coast, the latest in a fastpaced series of missile tests defying world pressure and threats of more sanctions.
The missile was believed to be a Scudclass ballistic missile and flew about 450 km, South Korean officials said. North Korea has a large stockpile of the shortrange missiles, originally developed by the Soviet Union.
The launch followed two successful tests of medium to longrange missiles in as many weeks by the North, which has been conducting such tests at an unprecedented pace in an effort to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the mainland United States.
North Korea was likely showing its determination to push ahead in the face of international pressure to rein in its missile programme and “to pressure the [South Korean] government to change its policy on the North”, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesperson Roh Jaecheon said.