By Choe Sang-Hun
International Herald Tribune
SEOUL, South Korea: North Korea fired short-range missiles off the country’s western coast this week amid tensions raised by its moves to reassemble its nuclear weapons program, South Korean media reported on Wednesday.
North Korea, launched two missiles on Tuesday toward international waters between the North and China, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, quoting an unnamed government source.
This picture released by the Korean Central News Agency in September 2008 shows a military parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the country at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. North Korea has fired short-range missiles into international waters in the Yellow Sea as part of a routine military exercise, a defence ministry official said Wednesday.(AFP/KCNA/File/Kcna Via Korean News Service)
North Korea launched the missiles from a naval base in Chodo, an island about 60 miles southwest of Pyongyang, said Chosun Ilbo, a mass-circulation daily in Seoul, which also quoted an unnamed government source.
Chosun Ilbo said the number of rockets fired was unknownbut that they were either KN-01 land-to-sea missiles or Styx ship-to-ship missiles.
North Korea has deployed more missiles around the island and declared it a no-sail zone, meaning that it may launch more missiles to mark the Oct. 10 anniversary of the ruling Workers Party of Korea, the newspaper quoted the government source as saying.
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