Defence & Security News - North Korea
|Wednesday, March 26, 2014 04:25 PM|
|North Korea test-fired two No-Dong 1 ballistic missiles from its east coast.|
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, North Korea test-fired two ballistic missiles No-Dong 1 (also named Rodong) into the sea off its east coast Korea fired the midrange missiles -- one at 2:35 a.m. and the other at 2:42 a.m.-- from the Sukchon region, north of Pyongyang, which flew about 650 kilometers before dropping into the East Sea, South Korean defense ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said in an emergency briefing.
The No-Dong-A (also named No-Dong 1 or Rodong 1) is a medium range ballistic missile based on the technology of the Russian-made ballistic missile Scud-D.
The trajectory indicated that the missiles were of the Rodong class, as they flew over at altitudes of more than 160 km and with a top speed of over Mach 7.0., the spokesman noted.
The foreign ministry said the South Korean "government will begin to take countermeasures against the North's latest provocations through close collaboration with allies and the United Nations Security Council."
The foreign ministry also denounced the ballistic missile launches as grave threats to international navigation activities and civilian safety, warning the North against further provocative actions.