SEOUL, July 4: North Korea test-fired seven missiles off its east coast on Saturday, South Korean officials said, in an act of defiance apparently timed for the US Independence Day holiday.
The launches further fuelled regional tensions after the communist state’s nuclear test in May, which coincided with the US Memorial Day holiday.
They came as Washington seeks support for tough enforcement of United Nations sanctions aimed at shutting down the North’s nuclear and missile programmes. The ballistic missiles — which the North is banned from firing under UN resolutions — were launched between 8am (2300 GMT Friday) and 5:40 pm into the Sea of Japan (East Sea), Seoul military officials said.
It was the biggest salvo of ballistic weaponry since the North fired a long-range Taepodong-2 and six smaller missiles on US Independence Day in 2006. Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said they had a range of between 400 and 500 kilometres (250-310 miles) but declined to say what type they were.
Source: Pakistan Dawn
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