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North Korea fires two ballistic missiles to provoke rivals

Days after a missile test, North Korea launched two Scud-style missiles in an additional test, further raising political tensions
By: Michael Hatamoto | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 4:33 am

Just days after launching three short-range missiles, North Korea followed up with an additional missile test. South Korean military officials believe two short-range Scud ballistic missiles were fired, and the country didn't designate no-sail zones during the launch.

 

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It's not uncommon for North Korea to launch missiles while snubbing Washington and Seoul, as political tensions in Asia continue to mount. The Scud-type missiles launched from Wonsan and flew more than 300 miles, where they landed harmlessly into the ocean, military specialists in South Korea said. It's difficult to determine the true capabilities of the North Korean military, as the country sometimes greatly exaggerates its successes.

 

The country also plans to indict two Americans currently held in North Korea for "hostile acts," pressuring Washington and Seoul even further. It's a delicate time in the Korean Peninsula - earlier in the year it looked like both sides were willing to openly discuss political tensions - but talks have cooled with Pyongyang and Seoul slinging mud at one another.

NEWS SOURCES:Nytimes.com, D.ibtimes.co.uk

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