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North Korea Tests New Precision-guided Missiles
Jun 28, 2014

North Korea test launched its newly developed precision guided missiles, in a possible reference to three short-range projectiles. The South Korean defence officials said the projectiles fired from an eastern port city flew about 190 kilometers before harmlessly landing into the waters off its east coast. The exact type of those projectiles and the North's intentions weren't immediately known.

Along with its nuclear program, North Korea's missile programme is a major regional threat, and North Korea tested what it calls "cutting-edge ultra-precision tactical guided missiles." The North Korea didn't say when the launches took place or how many missiles were fired.

According to South Korea, North Korea has been trying to upgrade its large-caliber multiple rocket launch systems in recent years and that those weapons' range has been slightly and gradually increased in each test-launch.

Short-range test firings by North Korea aren't unusual, but a barrage of missile and artillery tests earlier this year boosted tension between the rivals. A North Korean artillery attack in 2010 killed four South Koreans on a front-line Yellow Sea island.

North Korea has in recent months threatened South, and SouthKorea has vowed to hit North Korea hard if provoked. North Korea's rising anger coincided with annual joint military exercises by the U.S. and South Korea and a visit to Seoul by President Barack Obama. North Korea also test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles and exchanged artillery fire with South Korea near a disputed boundary in the Yellow Sea.

The Korean Peninsula is still technically in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty. The United States keeps about 28,500 troops in the South Korea.


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