Saturday 20 December 2014

North Korea fires more projectiles

Published 09/07/2014 | 03:28

Pyongyang is angry about US-South Korean military drills, and there has been a series of missile launches (AP)
Pyongyang is angry about US-South Korean military drills, and there has been a series of missile launches (AP)

North Korea launched two projectiles into the sea off its east coast, in a continuation of a recent series of missile and artillery test launches, a South Korean defence official said.

The launch was presumed to be of Scud missiles, but the official had no other details.

North Korea has conducted an unusually large number of test-firings of missiles and rockets since earlier this year, including launches before Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent visit to South Korea.

Analysts say the tests were a protest against him becoming Beijing's first leader to come to the South before the North.

Pyongyang is also angry over regular US-South Korean military drills, and the North's short-range launches are seen a message to its neighbours and Washington not to interfere in its build-up of nuclear bombs and other defence capabilities.

South Korea has also rejected a set of proposals by North Korea that Pyongyang said were meant reduce tensions, including the cancellation of the war drills between Seoul and Washington.

Seoul officials said the North must first demonstrate that it is serious about nuclear disarmament if it truly wants peace.

The two Koreas remain divided along the world's most heavily fortified border. The Korean Peninsula officially remains in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

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