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Reports: North Korea Launches Short-Range Missiles

Two South Korean newspapers say North Korea has test fired two short-range missiles off its west coast.

The Chosun Ilbo says the two missiles launched Thursday were surface-to-ship missiles.  The newspaper says it learned from an unnamed military official the launch was aimed at improving the missile's performance, and was unrelated to next month's scheduled rocket launch.  

The JoongAng Ilbo newspaper carried a similar report.

North Korea says it will launch a long-range rocket from its west coast sometime in mid-April, with the aim of placing a weather satellite into orbit to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of founding leader Kim Il Sung.  The United States and other Western nations say the launch is being used by Pyongyang as an excuse to test its long-range ballistic missiles, an activity that is banned under U.N. sanctions.

Japanese Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka issued an order Friday for the military to shoot down the rocket if flies over Japan.  

Japan issued a similar order in 2009 when North Korea conducted its last long-rang missile test, but did not attempt to shoot the rocket down.

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

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by: Jonathan Huang
March 31, 2012 7:24 PM
To Gab, allow me to teach you! It is because of the threat of US.
Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya were invaded by US and Nato, only because they dont have powerful military and they gave up nuclear programs. N.K. is a proud country, N.K. people rather die than live under American's humiliation and killing. That is why they rather be hunger but still work on nuclear and rockets, they know it is the only way to garde their sovereignty.

by: Robert Lee
March 30, 2012 9:21 AM
North Korea hates South Korea's goverment. North Korea is cooperative only when president of South Korea is elected from progressive party. But it's not good for S. Korea.

by: Yasin
March 30, 2012 6:46 AM
well I don't need to be provocated by US, US is just joking. it seems tobe unclear. US plans to reduce Nuclear from all Nations Include itself. all Nations need to be courageous to give an opinion to US that is too tough. we need to afford to talk about Nuclear program more softly. I agree to use diplomatic or peace talk. We demand US to persuade israeli brings its nuclear to NPT

by: Inocencio Santillan C.
March 30, 2012 6:27 AM
I think the Noerth Coreans, are psicotics, because hes people has not food, medicin, are very poor, they make misils, bombs, in the planet and in the unoverse we ar not eterneal , we are a passenger.

by: ben
March 30, 2012 5:44 AM
We should not politicize food aid....Here at home we give free money, food aid, and medical care to people who can afford to do drugs but cant feed themself...can afford a new car payment but cant afford rent.North Korea any different? Democrats always try to give away our hard earned tax dollars to these lazy ungrateful people that dont try to do anything with their lives. If you cant feed yourself it is your own fault...Everyone has equal opportunity in this country.

by: lau
March 30, 2012 5:33 AM
we don't interfer with other country's affairs,but we can't do help other country without condition,such as north korea.please stop support food or other things.that will be good .

by: A R Sopamena
March 30, 2012 5:21 AM
Hi VOA ,
I love this program that it can covered the Missiles performance Report. My comment: By having NK rocket from its west coast and the next they will put nuckler on it.

We have also recorded that the test in its long-range ballistic missiles. May be it's the time to USA "should be more sesitive to N K progress" so the sourounding area not in denger position. Let's take action right now to give a strong sanctions before they create a bigger problem. Come on America We rely on you,

by: Menzew
March 30, 2012 4:50 AM
I like VOA program but to no avail for the mass. Due to the regime atrocity policy of listen to me only.
Regards

by: jason
March 30, 2012 4:34 AM
i think the international society have to do something to north korea

by: Gab
March 30, 2012 4:22 AM
Why do we, or any other Country, send food and medical aid, year after year, to a Country that spends all its resources on advancing their military? Can some one explain this to the readers?
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