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    N. Korea Fires 2 Missiles, Defying UN

    People watch a TV news program showing the missile launch conducted by North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, June 29, 2014.
    People watch a TV news program showing the missile launch conducted by North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, June 29, 2014.
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    South Korean military officials say North Korea has test-fired two medium-range missiles off its east coast into the Sea of Japan, once again defying a United Nations ban on missile testing by the communist state.

    South Korea's defense ministry said the SCUD class missiles were fired Sunday from the North's east coast and flew about 500 kilometers before splashing into waters between North Korea and Japan.

    Tokyo lodged what it called a "stern protest" with Pyongyang over the tests. But the Japanese government said it would go ahead with official talks with North Korea set for Tuesday in Beijing over the North's abduction of Japanese nationals during the Cold War.

    Sunday's missile launch comes two days after the North tested what it said were "cutting-edge ultra-precision tactical guided missiles."  

    The test also came before a visit to Seoul on Thursday by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who will meet with President Park Geun-hye.

    It will be Xi's first visit to the Korean peninsula. China is North Korea's sole major ally, but it is the first time in almost two decades that a sitting Chinese leader has visited South Korea before having been to the North.

    North Korea frequently uses missile tests as a reaction to criticism or military exercises from South Korea or the United States.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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    by: Hesh from: USA
    July 02, 2014 4:20 PM
    Talk, talk, talk,...Talking heads all over the place, It's like 1938 all over again. Ask any teenager what's going on in the world...Duh! I think we are in real trouble, Young people can't even get in the Army, because they have tats, 78%, Chinese 2 million men in the army, No. Korea, 2 million men. Where going to be using wooden rifles like i remember in 1939.WW....Woman as a 4 star Admiral.....Give me a break....What a crazy culture. WW.2Guy

    by: Not Again from: Canada
    June 29, 2014 6:09 PM
    The situation in Asia is becoming more and more unstable; North Korea continues to expand its arsenals, while at the same time is shaking up its military command structure, removing the old guard, and placing less seasoned/ experienced people in charge, who are more likely to engage in agressive adventurism to meet the expectations of their young tyranical leader. The situation in the South China sea, is also becoming increasingly unstable, with China pushing its jurisdiction/sovereignty ever more South and East, having a negative impact on Viet Nam and the Philipines. Concurrently Japan continues to drag its feet on deploying and improving its deterrent forces; it seems that the people of Japan have the expectation that they do not need to defend their territorites, but the US will carry their defence load. Essentially the Japanese people are of the opinion that they can continue to ride for free on the back of US taxpayers. I think the US gvmt needs to revisit its alliances, and make it clear that every member must carry a proportional defence load; the US should not be the first responder to regional conflicts. Loss of deterrence = increased probability of war; the US' Asian allies need to wake up, and not repeat the mistakes of the European US' allies.

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