scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Thursday, June 30, 2022

South Korea calls North missile tests calculated provocation

North Korea test-fired the missiles into the Sea of Japan on Thursrday, three days after the joint drills kicked off in the face of vocal opposition from Pyongyang.

Seoul |
Updated: February 28, 2014 12:26:36 pm
North Korea fired short-range missiles to protest against ongoing U.S.-South Korean military. (Reuters) North Korea fired short-range missiles to protest against ongoing U.S.-South Korean military. (Reuters)

South Korea on Friday labelled North Korea’s test firing of four short-range missiles a calculated, provocative act timed to coincide with South-US joint military exercises.

North Korea test-fired the missiles into the Sea of Japan on Thursrday, three days after the joint drills kicked off in the face of vocal opposition from Pyongyang.

“With the exercises underway, we see the firings as a calculated, provocative act,” defence ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told journalists.

He noted that the launches also came days after an incursion by a North Korean patrol boat across the disputed Yellow Sea border that has been the scene of brief but bloody naval clashes in the past.

Best of Express Premium
TN Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan: ‘Don’t know of a ...Premium
Efforts to estimate poverty from 2011-21 are commendable, given absence o...Premium
Uddhav Thackeray: The reluctant politician who in the end hung on to chai...Premium
Udaipur killers and Da’wat-e-Islami: the group, its ideology and its growthPremium

Kim said the tests were of Scud-type missiles at the longer edge of the short-range spectrum, with an estimated reach of 300-800 kilometres — capable of striking any target in the South.

“If the North re-engineers Scuds or tests them, we always undertake a serious analysis to consider counter-measures,” he said.

Kim stressed that the annual military drills with the United States would continue as planned.

North Korea fired short-range missiles to protest against ongoing U.S.-South Korean military.

In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki urged North Korea “to exercise restraint and take steps to improve its relations with its neighbours”.

But Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren acknowledged that such short-range tests did not put the North in breach of international resolutions.

“We view this as an unannounced weapons test that we see somewhat regularly,” he told reporters in Washington.

It is not unusual for North Korea to carry out such tests and observers said they were unlikely to trigger a significant rise in military tensions.

Despite the start of the South Korea-US drills on Monday, which the North routinely condemns as rehearsals for invasion, relations between Seoul and Pyongyang are currently enjoying something of a thaw.

UPSC KEY Have you seen our section dedicated to helping USPC aspirants decode daily news in the context of their exams?

📣 Join our Telegram channel (The Indian Express) for the latest news and updates

For all the latest World News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
0 Comment(s) *
* The moderation of comments is automated and not cleared manually by indianexpress.com.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement