Following last Saturday's missile launches North Korea fired another short-range missile KN-02 20051

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Monday, May 20, 2013 10:26 AM
 
Following last Saturday's missile launches North Korea fired another short-range missile KN-02.
South Korean officials condemned the launching of another short-range missile Sunday, May 19, 2013 by North Korea, saying the action was provocative. North Korea fired the missile Sunday afternoon into the ocean off the country's east coast, one day after the country fired three short-range missiles into the same body of water, Yonhap News Agency reported.
     
South Korean officials condemned the launching of another short-range missile Sunday, May 19, 2013 by North Korea, saying the action was provocative. North Korea fired the missile Sunday afternoon into the ocean off the country's east coast, one day after the country fired three short-range missiles into the same body of water, Yonhap News Agency reported.
KN-02 ground-to-ground short-range ballistic missile at military parade in Pyongyang.
     

On Saturday the North fired three short-range missiles off its east coast, apparently as part of a military drill.

The North’s launches of short-range missiles are not unusual but come at a time of heightened alert on the peninsula, following Pyongyang’s February nuclear test, which sparked tougher U.N. sanctions.

Angered by the sanctions and by a joint U.S.-South Korean military exercise, the North for weeks threatened nuclear or conventional attacks on Seoul and Washington.

The South and its U.S. ally had earlier been watching for any test by the North of medium-range Musudan missiles. But a U.S. defense official said early in May the two midrange missiles had been moved from their launch site.

It was unclear what type of missiles were fired Saturday and Sunday.

Seoul military officials quoted by Yonhap news agency said they may be KN-02 surface-to-surface weapons with a range of up to 160 km, or 300 mm rockets fired from a multiple launcher.

 

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