North Korea fires short-range missiles?

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 16, 2013 13:42 hrs

Seol, Mar 16 (IBNS) North Korea fired off short-range missiles into the East Sea on Friday amid heightened tension following its February nuclear test, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.

"A North Korean military unit on drill test-fired two shots of short-range missiles, presumed to be KN-02 missiles, into the East Sea," a military source in Seoul was quoted as saying by the agency.

The Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK) [North Korea] on Feb 12 confirmed that it successfully conducted a third underground nuclear test.

"The scientific field for national defence of the DPRK succeeded in the third underground nuclear test at the site for underground nuclear test in the northern part of the DPRK on Tuesday," said state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

"The test was carried out as part of practical measures of counteraction to defend the country´s security and sovereignty in the face of the ferocious hostile act of the U.S. which wantonly violated the DPRK´s legitimate right to launch satellite for peaceful purposes," it said.

North Korea said the test was conducted in a ´safe and perfect way´ on a high level with the use of a smaller and light A-bomb unlike the previous ones, yet with great explosive power.

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