North Korea launches missiles for third day

North Korea launched short-range projectiles Monday into waters off its east coast for a third straight day,officials here said,despite warnings from the United States and South Korea against increasing tensions.

Written by New York Times | Seoul | Published:May 21, 2013 12:30 am

CHOE SANG-HUN

North Korea launched short-range projectiles Monday into waters off its east coast for a third straight day,officials here said,despite warnings from the United States and South Korea against increasing tensions.

The North has launched a total of six short-range projectiles since Saturday,including two Monday,in what are believed to have been tests of short-range guided missiles or rockets from multiple launchers,officials said.

“We remain vigilant for the possibility that the North may launch more” missiles and rockets,a spokesman for the South Korean Defence Ministry said.

He said a projectile was launched from the North’s east coast in a northeasterly direction Monday morning,followed by another in the afternoon.

Kim Jang-soo,the national security director at the presidential office in Seoul,responded to the first launching Monday by affirming South Korea’s call for the North to stop firing missiles.

North Korea routinely tests its short-range missiles. It said Monday the launchings were part of its normal military drills.

In a statement,authorities said it was “brigandish sophism” for Washington and Seoul to accuse the North of raising tensions when they themselves recently staged far bigger military exercises involving a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

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