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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 4th, 2009 at 5:51 am

North Korea Celebrates the 4th of July with SCUD Missile Test

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Just in case anyone cares, North Korea fired off a few SCUD missiles to help the US celebrate the 4th of July with:

North Korea test-launched six missiles off its eastern coast Saturday.

The missiles were launched beginning around eight a.m. from the North’s Gitdaeryreong base in Gangwon Province.

The South Korean Defense Ministry said the missiles are estimated to have a range over four-hundred kilometers.

A ministry official said on condition of anonymity that they appeared to be Scud missiles, but could be the mid-range Nodong missiles whose range had been shortened.

He said Pyongyang had been preparing to test-fire mid-range missiles in Gitdaeryeong since last month.

Saturday’s launch came two days after the North fired four short-range missiles from its Sinsang-ri base in South Hamgyeong Province.  [KBS Global]

Like I said two days ago, these missile tests are not something to get worked up over.

This latest missile test is just to show how irrevlevant UN resolutions are:

North Korea test-launched seven ballistic missiles off its eastern coast on Saturday, South Korea said, in the latest provocation by the communist nation locked in a protracted stand-off with the U.S. and other global powers over its nuclear and missile programs.

The firing of the seventh missile that appears to be a scud type took place on the east coast at around 5:40 p.m., the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said.

“It appears to be similar to the previous six missiles fired into the East Sea earlier in the day,” a JCS official said, speaking on customary condition of anonymity.

North Korea fired two missiles toward the East Sea from the Gitdaeryong base near Wonsan, Gangwon Province, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., according to the JCS.

It fired another one into the East Sea around 10:45 a.m., and three more at around noon, at 2:50 p.m. and at 4:10 p.m., respectively.

“All the missiles are estimated to have a range of 400-500km,” another JCS official said, declining to be named and adding the military is analyzing the exact missile models.  [Yonhap]

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  • ahrcanum
    6:41 am on July 4th, 2009 1

    It’s time for another U.S. Minuteman missile test, just as a little reminder to NK that ours can reach them.

  • Teadrinker
    11:35 am on July 4th, 2009 2

    A Listener,

    Yeah, those cheeky North Koreans. They probably thought we'd never notice by launching half a dozen scuds.

    I'm guessing they launched the only one they had last time, or they were worried the US, Japan, or South Korea would shoot it down (would have been a great loss of face for them).

  • a listener
    2:24 pm on July 4th, 2009 3

    What happened to the ICBM launch that we were promised for July 4th? );

  • Big B
    6:55 pm on July 4th, 2009 4

    Big fireworks.

 

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