North Korea fires two short-range missiles into sea: Seoul

SEOUL Sun Mar 2, 2014 7:10pm EST

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea fired two short-range missiles on Monday into the sea off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, South Korea's defense ministry said, days after launching similar rockets last week.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said the missiles likely flew about 500 km (300 miles) after being launched off the North's east coast, adding they were believed to be Scud-C models.

South Korea's defense ministry has said the Scuds are normally fired using mobile launch pads which can be activated with minimal preparation.

The distance would mean the weapon can hit targets in South Korea and Japan.

Launches by the North of short-range missiles are not uncommon as part of regular military exercises.

The firing came days after the beginning of annual U.S. and South Korean joint military exercises, which the North routinely denounces as a preparation for war.

(Reporting by Choonsik Yoo, Michelle Kim and Se Young Lee. Editing by Dean Yates)

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riposte wrote:
hey world look at me!!!!! screams the North Koreans..Like a spoiled little child of china, it begs for attention…Maybe, it should take the money that was spent, on those missles and instead fed their own people… Oops forgot, communist dictators 101..Never feed the people…sorry, forgot !!!!!

Mar 02, 2014 9:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DURO wrote:
North Korea is the workers’ paradise!

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WestFlorida wrote:
North Korean is a failed state, and a modern example of a hereditary communist monarchy, and also has the world’s largest collection of concentration camps, which can be seen using Google Earth. The day when this government collapses and its people are released will be a wonderful event for all of mankind. Shame on China for continuing to coddle and support this disaster.

Mar 03, 2014 12:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
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