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DPRK says rocket test-fire not aimed at Pope's visit

English.news.cn   2014-08-15 22:56:25

PYONGYANG, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Friday that its latest rocket test-fire has nothing to do with Pope Francis' ongoing visit to South Korea, demanding Seoul stop pointing fingers.

The DPRK's test-fire of its newly developed tactical rocket is not a provocative demonstration of its armed strength against the papal visit, Kim In Yong, from the Rocket Research Institute of the Korean Second Natural Science Academy, said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

"We don't care about the purpose of the visit, or what they are going to talk about in their meetings," Kim said, adding that the test-fire "was conducted at the fixed date and time" for the purpose of self-defence.

The successful test has once again confirmed the accuracy and maneuverability of the DPRK's rockets, he said.

He added that Seoul's accusation that the DPRK's firing contradicts its willingness to take part in the upcoming Incheon Asian Games is completely groundless and ridiculous.

In Seoul's logic, he said, the Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military exercise of South Korea and the United States should be canceled in the first place in order to foster a peaceful atmosphere for the Asian Games.

The DPRK will carry out more tactical firing exercises, Kim said.

The DPRK have carried out a series of projectile test-fires in recent months. According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea, the latest came Thursday when the DPRK launched five short-range projectiles from its eastern Wonsan area in a northeasterly direction.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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