Saturday, July 4, 2009

North Korea defies U.S. with new missile launches

It is so nice of North Korea to honor our day of independence by firing off Seven missiles ! Maybe they will top it off with a grand finale of a Nuclear test ? That would make it real exciting !

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea fired seven ballistic missiles on Saturday, South Korea's defense ministry said, in an act of defiance toward the United States that further stoked regional tensions already high due to its nuclear test in May.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said the missiles test-fired were "Scud-type," marking an escalation of recent saber-rattling by the reclusive North, which has fired several non-ballistic, short-range missile since the May 25 nuclear test.

North Korea is barred by United Nations resolutions from firing ballistic missile such as the Scud. A South Korean Defense Ministry official said more launches could come soon.

It was the biggest barrage of ballistic missiles the North has fired since it launched seven missiles in 2006 around the U.S. July 4 Independence Day holiday, including its longest-range Taepodong-2.

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