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North Korea Fires More Missiles Into the Sea

FILE - People watch a TV news program showing a missile launch conducted by North Korea.
FILE - People watch a TV news program showing a missile launch conducted by North Korea.
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North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the ocean off its east coast, the fourth such test in under two weeks.

South Korean defense officials say the suspected Scud missiles fired Wednesday from the western Hwanghae province had a range of about 500 kilometers.

The missiles landed in the body of water South Korea refers to as the East Sea, and which Tokyo calls the Sea of Japan. Yoshihide Suga, the Japanese chief cabinet secretary, condemned the launch.

"The missile launch is a violation of the U.N. sanctions up to today, and we strongly protest against North Korea for launching the ballistic missiles again, despite our opposition," said Suga.

In recent weeks, North Korea has expanded its U.N. sanction-defying ballistic missile tests while pushing South Korea to accept a deal to reduce tensions.

Seoul has rejected the offer, saying Pyongyang must first take steps to show it is committed to dismantling its nuclear program.

Meanwhile, North Korean state media have announced the death of one of the chief architects of Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says retired General Jon Pyong Ho died Wednesday of natural causes at the age of 88.

Jon, who retired from public life in 2011, played an instrumental part in North Korea's first two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.

He also helped secure a deal in the 1990s with Pakistan, which offered uranium enrichment knowledge in exchange for the North's missile technology.

KCNA says Jon, who was the target of international sanctions, will receive a state funeral led by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The news agency praised Jon for helping turn North Korea into a "powerful elite revolutionary army" and a "nuclear weapons state."

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by: Mike from: St. Louis
July 10, 2014 12:45 AM
Can they hit anything smaller than the sea?

by: Miles Carter from: Copperopolis,Ca
July 10, 2014 12:24 AM
All these tests are a waste of money.
And nothing more than A pesty fly.
Someone needs to swat that bugger :)

by: william li from: canada
July 09, 2014 3:45 PM
US: dont test the nu ke
NK: oops, I just did it
US: dont test the missiles
NK: too late, I did it again
US: I have to punish you
NK: I am gonna kill few SKs and japanese
US: ok, calm down, I will send you some oil and food, just calm down
In Response

by: Bob from: USA
July 10, 2014 1:05 AM
Kim II Sung brutally murdered 700,000 of his own North Koreans.

by: Albert from: California
July 09, 2014 1:37 PM
If someone get caught using dynamite in the ocean they get arrested. This moron is using a missiles and he gets away from doing it.

by: Ricky from: Arkansas
July 09, 2014 1:14 PM
I would like to see the world help Mr. Loudmouth Bully take a very long walk off a very short pier into extremely deep water. I know this would pollute the water but it would be a good trade off.

by: bob from: melbourne
July 09, 2014 12:14 PM
HELP,HELP,HELP handicap man is being forced to live in a town that is completely having a party on him. you name it there doing it and spreading it all over town. if there is any lawyers or anybody for that matter that can do anything about it let me know at gonefishin210@yahoo.com

by: j
July 09, 2014 11:29 AM
Whether its noise from the NK Leader's mouth or his launching rockets, its ALL NOISE - lol

by: ALEXANDER M SWAN from: USA
July 09, 2014 5:23 AM
North Korea is exactly like the way China behaved during cultural revolution, the closed door policy. NK will change its course for the better if USA works with NK the same way China was treated. USA needs to help NK opening its door from self isolation and international isolation. Bilateral Cooperation would create the mutual trusty environment that can give rise to the peace in the region.

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