Thursday, July 2, 2009

North Korea test fires missiles

North Korea has test-fired two short-range missiles off its east coast, a spokesman for South Korea's defence ministry has said.

The spokesman said the surface-to-ship missiles were launched from a base near the port of Wonsan at about 0900 GMT.

Pyongyang had warned shipping to stay out of waters off its east coast.

The UN tightened sanctions against North Korea after it launched several missiles and carried out an underground nuclear test in May.

"One [missile] was fired at 1720 (0820 GMT) and the other at 1800 from Sinsang-ni" near the east coast port city of Wonsan, South Korean defence ministry spokesman Won Tae-jae said.

South Korean media had reported that a missile launch was imminent. Previous North Korean warnings to shipping to avoid its coastal waters have been preludes to test launches.

The latest missile launches came hours after North and South Korean officials ended talks at the joint Kaesong industrial zone in North Korea without progress being made.

South Korean officials said they had rejected a Northern demand, made in earlier meetings, to pay higher wages and increased rent in the factory zone, located just across the border in the North.


Is this another cuba missile crisis senario?


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