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NORTH Korea has test-fired five short-range missiles off its east coast and banned ships from the area from October 10-20, a South Korean official said.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed a Yonhap news agency report of the launches from south of Musudan-ri on the northeast coast today.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff refused to comment. Yonhap said the "no-sail'' zone covered both the east and west coasts.
The agency quoted military experts as saying the launches appear to be part of regular military exercises.
But they did not rule out the possibility that P
North Korea launched a barrage of five short-range missiles off its east coast on Monday in its first missile tests in three months, in an apparent provocation as the United States weighs whether to start bilateral talks, South Korean news media reported.
North Korea The North Korean military launched two KN-02 surface-to-surface missiles from mobile launch pads on Monday morning and three more in the afternoon, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported, quoting an unidentified government source.
Chosun, a mass-circulation daily newspaper in South Korea, also carried a similar report.
MOSCOW, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- An unnamed source from the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed "regret and bewilderment" over the latest reported missile launches by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday.
The source was quoted by the Itar-Tass news agency as saying that the reported missile launches were "puzzling."
South Korea's Yonhap news agency said earlier that Pyongyang has testfired a total of five short-range ground-to-ground missiles off its east coast on Monday.
The test came at a wrong time especially when efforts are being made for the six-party negotiations to resume, according to the source cited by the Interfax news agency.
The DPRK's leader Kim Jong Il said recently that his country is willing to attend multilateral talks, including the six-party talks, depending on the outcome of its talks with the United States.
Launched in 2003, the six-party talks on the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula involved China, the DPRK, the United States, the Republic of Korea, Russia and Japan.
The talks have been stalled since the end of last round in Beijing last December.
Originally posted by Quantum_Squirrel
I am noticing a patern here .. every time the worlds focus shifts to elsewhere on the globe N.K start stamping there feet in an attempt to grab international attention.
At the moment the focus has drifted back to Iran/Isreal so imho this is N.K saying 'Hey remember us , we are still here' they do it all the time....
Or as somebody already said this could be a normal test just like any other country...
But to me they seem to start conducting the tests when attention drifts away from them slighlty.
Originally posted by LenGXV6
normally I would agree with you, but in this case I beg to differ.