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July 4, 2009
NoKo's launch short range missiles
The promised launch of a long range missile toward Hawaii was apparently bluster, as most of what comes out of North Korea seems to be.
But they did launch at least 7 shorter range missiles that threaten South Korea with annihlation. Kurt Achin of the VOA has the story:
South Korean officials say North Korea fired the missiles throughout the day Saturday, launching them in the morning, early afternoon, and early evening.
The missiles were apparently launched from a facility on North Korea's east coast, and are believed to have flown approximately 400 kilometers each.
The Foreign Ministry in Seoul issued a statement calling the launches a "provocative act" and expressing "deep regret over North Korea's continued acts to escalate tensions in Northeast Asia."
South Korean officials say the launches violate the latest United Nations Security Council Resolution 1874, passed after Pyongyang's nuclear weapons test in May. That measure prohibits the North from launching any ballistic missiles whatsoever.
The test launches coincided with the United States' Independence Day holiday, drawing comparisons to North Korea's test of a long-range missile on the July 4 holiday three years ago. The North's May nuclear test fell on the U.S. Memorial Day holiday.
Kim certainly has a flair for the dramatic, doesn't he?