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DPRK says missiles launch part of normal military training for self-defense

English.news.cn   2013-05-20 16:51:38            
 • DPRK said Monday the country's missile launches are part of a military training for self-defense.
 • The DPRK fired two short-range missiles into the East Sea Monday for the third day.
 • It is the first time that Pyongyang responded to the alleged missile launches.

 

PYONGYANG, May 20 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Monday that the country's missile launches are part of a military training for self-defense, the official KCNA news agency reported.

The drill, as a powerful deterrent to the U.S. and South Korean attempt for a nuclear war, "is the legitimate right of a sovereign state," the Committee for the Peaceful Unification of Korea said in a statement.

The DPRK fired two short-range missiles into the East Sea Monday for the third day after launching one on Sunday and three on Saturday, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

It is the first time that Pyongyang responded to the alleged missile launches, blaming Washington and Seoul for their joint military drills with nuclear-capable B-2 bombers.

"Pyongyang will raise its voice of denouncing the culprits who abuses the peace of the Korean Peninsula and the rest of the world," said the statement.

South Korea's presidential office urged the DPRK to stop aggravating tensions on the Korean Peninsula after Pyongyang launched six short-range missiles into the same waters since Saturday.

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MOSCOW, May 19 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to return to the negotiating table with international mediators.

Ban was concerned over the DPRK's latest short-range missile launches and urged the country "to refrain from further such acts," Ban told the RIA Novosti news agency.Full story

DPRK launches 3 short-range missiles

SEOUL, May 18 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Saturday launched three short-range guided missiles into the Sea of Japan, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing South Korea's defense ministry.

It is reported that the defense ministry detected two missiles launched in the morning and the last one was in the afternoon.Full story

Japan confirms DPRK's missile launches

TOKYO, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Japanese government confirmed the DPRK's missile launches on Saturday, saying none of the missiles landed in Japan's territorial waters, Kyodo news agency quoted an official as saying.Full story

Obama says DPRK has no nuclear missile capability

WASHINGTON, April 16 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea ( DPRK) does not have the ability to arm a ballistic missile with nuclear warhead.

In an interview with NBC, when asked if Pyongyang has "the ability to put a nuclear weapon on a ballistic missile?", Obama responded: "Based on our current intelligence assessments, we do not think that they have that capacity." Full story

S. Korea to intercept DPRK missile if it strikes territory: defense ministry

SEOUL, April 11 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's missile defense system may intercept missiles possibly launched by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) if they are to strike the South Korean territory, the defense ministry said Thursday.

"We have Patriot missiles. The missiles cannot cover all the nationwide territory, but if (the DPRK's missiles) come within the area of our coverage, we can strike down (those missiles)," Kim Min-seok, spokesman at the Ministry of National Defense, said at a press briefing. Full story

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