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NKorea fires short-range missiles: report

AFP
Monday, June 2, 2008

Nuclear-armed North Korea has fired three short-range missiles off its west coast, Yonhap news agency reported Saturday, threatening new military tensions with its neighbours.
The South Korean agency, quoting a government source, said the missiles were fired on Friday into the Yellow Sea off Jeungsan County, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Pyongyang.

The second test by the hardline Communist country in two months was part of a training exercise involving Russian-designed Styx ship-to-ship missiles with a range of 46 kilometres, the report said.

"The missile launch, like the test-firing conducted on March 28, is part of normal military training aimed at testing the performance of the missiles and improving operational readiness," the unnamed source was quoted as saying.

A South Korean defence ministry spokesman refused to comment on the missile launches, which coincide with rising cross-border tensions following this year's change of government in Seoul.

"We don't comment on any matter of intelligence," the spokesman said.

The source quoted by Yonhap said the missiles were fired toward the northeast from a ship in the Yellow Sea as North Korea prepares for annual military exercises in August, adding they were not directed at the South.

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