N Korea test-fires six missiles

Posted on watoday.com.au

North Korea test-fired six ballistic missiles on Saturday, South Korean officials said, in an apparent message of defiance to the United States on the eve of its Independence Day holiday.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff say five missiles were fired earlier on Saturday and the sixth around 4.10pm (1710 AEST).

The launches come two days after North Korea fired four short-range missiles.

The test-firing could further escalate tensions in the region as the US tries to muster support for tough enforcement of a UN resolution imposed on the communist regime for its May nuclear test.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quotes military officials as saying the missiles fired on Saturday appear to be Scuds. South Korea’s military said North Korea’s Scuds are considered short-range.

It was the first time in three years that the North fired multiple ballistic missiles.

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