North Korea fired a short range missile into the sea off its east coast on Sunday. It's the second day in a row the rogue nation fired short range missiles for no apparent reason. Seems a little wasteful, doesn't it?
South Korean officials confirmed to Reuters and the Assoicated Press that North Korea fired a short-range missile into the sea for the second day in a row. North Korea fired three short range KN-02 missiles off the same coast on Saturday. It was mostly seen as a cry for attention. Today's firing must be the cherry on top.
Short range missiles can't for much further than 620 miles. And while the posturing about medium- and long-range nuclear warheads tightened tensions in the Korean peninsula in the first half of the year, North Korea's short-range missile testing is more common.
Still, considering tensions are still high, the tests are worrying some people. Things looked to be calming down in April when North Korea withdrew the medium-range Musudan missiles that were not so subtly positioned so they could reach South Korea, or American military bases in Guam. There were near daily threats of nuclear war, so even these short range missiles are drawing attention from western leaders who see the peninsula like an egg: it's always on the verge of cracking. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon told the Russian news agency RIA Novosti that NoKo's short range missile testing was a "provocative action," before urging them to return to the negotiating table with the west. "I hope North Korea will refrain from further such actions," Ban said. No one hold your breath waiting for that.
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