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S.Korea denounces DPRK's missile launch as provocation

English.news.cn   2014-03-26 15:39:03

SEOUL, March 26 (Xinhua) -- South Korea on Wednesday denounced the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s launch of two medium-range ballistic missiles as provocation.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the missile launch was in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions, which banned all ballistic missile-related activities by the DPRK, as well as a provocative act as Pyongyang failed to issue warning beforehand.

The DPRK launched two ballistic missiles toward waters off its eastern coast Wednesday morning from the Sukcheon region, north of Pyongyang, according to Seoul's Defense Ministry.

The South Korean military said the missiles were believed to be of the Rodong class as they flew at an altitude of over 160 km with a top speed of more than Mach 7.0.

The missiles, which flew around 650 km, were launched for the first time in around five years, and were also fired for the first time from mobile launchers.

The Rodong missile was known to have a range of about 1,300 km capable of carrying nuclear warhead.

The foreign ministry strongly condemned the missile launch as it came amid global leaders stressing the need for the dismantlement of the DPRK's nuclear weapons program at the third Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, the Netherlands from Monday to Tuesday.

It urged Pyongyang to immediately stop such provocative acts and fulfill promises and duties as a member of the international community, saying Seoul will take actions to respond to the DPRK' s provocation in close cooperation with its allies and the UN Security Council.

Editor: chengyang
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