Korea fires short-range missiles toward Sea of Japan

May 25, 2007 at 9:38 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment

TOKYO, May 25 KYODO

North Korea fired several short-range missiles toward the Sea of Japan Friday morning, sources close to Japan-U.S. relations said. The missiles thought to be a modified version of the surface-to-ship Silkworm, or a ballistic missile smaller than the short-range Scud ballistic missile were launched from a coastal area in North Korea’s Hamgyong-Namdo region, the sources said. They may well have been part of a regular drill, the sources said. The Japanese government is analyzing the motive behind the firings, the sources said. The information is believed to be based on images sent by a U.S. military reconnaissance satellite. A Japanese government source said they ”would not pose a threat to Japan-U.S. security.” The Defense Ministry is gathering information, the source said. North Korea fired a total of seven missiles including the Taepodong-2 in July 2006. It also fired short-range missiles from its eastern coast in May 2005.

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